Biography

First elected to the California State Assembly in November 2014, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th District, which includes Long Beach, San Pedro, Signal Hill and Catalina Island.

Assemblymember O’Donnell brings over twenty years of classroom experience as a teacher to his role as Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. As Chair, Assemblymember O’Donnell has increased funding for schools, including creative arts and special education programs; expanded investments for preschools and K-12 school facilities; more slots for California residents at the UC and CSU systems; and led the charge to create safe learning environments for LGBTQ students. Assemblymember O’Donnell is an ardent supporter for reinstituting career technical/vocational training, securing millions of dollars in 2017 and 2018 to ensure students have options for careers after high school.

Representing the two busiest ports in the nation, the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, Assemblymember O’Donnell is an expert on the complex challenges and opportunities faced by the freight sector, supply chain and logistics industries. He has secured millions of cap-and-trade dollars for clean air efforts in and around Ports while also protecting good-paying jobs and leading efforts to grow the maritime industry as Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Ports and Goods Movement.

A recognized community leader in the 70th District, Assemblymember O’Donnell has introduced numerous bills that directly help his constituents, from allocating millions of dollars to clean up oil wells and beaches to obtaining funding for shark research and beach safety measures at California State University, Long Beach. Recently, Assemblymember O’Donnell authored legislation that would require hospitals to provide earlier public notice before closing or eliminating services in response to the abrupt closure of a community hospital in Long Beach.  

In addition to his appointment as Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, Assemblymember O’Donnell also serves on the Assembly Committees on Transportation, Public Employment and Retirement, and Budget, including the Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance. Through these positions, Assemblymember O’Donnell advocates for a balanced budgeting approach that promotes increasing the state’s rainy day fund to avoid future economic downturns while paying down debt and responsibly living within our means.

Prior to being elected to the State Assembly, Assemblymember O’Donnell served as a Long Beach City Council member. Born in Long Beach, Assemblymember O'Donnell graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in History and a Master's Degree in Public Administration. He lives in the Los Altos neighborhood with his wife and their two daughters.