Rep.-elect Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.-31)

DATE OF BIRTH: June 19, 1979
BIRTHPLACE: Fontana, Calif.
RESIDENCE: Redlands, Calif.
OCCUPATION: Redlands mayor, Redlands city councilman
EDUCATION: B.A., University of Redlands
PREVIOUS OFFICE HELD: Deputy director; interim director for the Inland Empire Regional Office of the Governor
FAMILY: Wife, Alisha; two children

Pete Aguilar is replacing retiring Rep. Gary Miller (R) after defeating Republican Paul Chabot in the general election.

Miller had been a top Democratic target and his retirement gave the party an edge in the district east of Los Angeles.

Aguilar has served in local government since 2001, first as deputy director and then interim director for the Inland Empire Regional Office of the Governor. He served on the Redlands City Council in 2006 and has been the town’s mayor since 2010. As mayor, he started a loan program for small businesses, backed a gun buyback plan and pushed measures to adapt to climate change.

On the campaign trail, Aguilar touted his working-class roots. His father was a union worker for a local utility and Aguilar’s first job was working for his grandfather bussing tables. He worked two jobs and obtained a Pell Grant to pay his way through the University of Redlands.