Abel Maldonado

Former Lieutenant Governor of California

Abel Maldonado

Abel Maldonado is a former lieutenant governor of California.

In November 2009, Governor Schwarzenegger announced Maldonado as his nominee for lieutenant governor to fill the vacancy created by John Garamendi's election to the United States House of Representatives. Maldonado took office on April 27, 2010.

He was a state senator from 2004 until his appointment as lieutenant governor. Prior to serving in the State Senate, Maldonado was a member of the California State Assembly and Mayor and City Councilmember of Santa Maria. He achieved financial success as a strawberry farmer.

Maldonado is the eldest son of immigrant Mexican-American farm workers. His family eventually acquired a small family farm, where they raised strawberries.

Last Updated: May 25, 2017