Meet Senator Lou Correa CSI Advisory Member

State Senator Lou Correa was elected to the 34th Senate District in 2006 and reelected for a second term in 2010, representing Anaheim, Buena Park, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Stanton and Westminster.
Senator Correa currently serves as Chair of the Veterans Affairs and Elections, Reapportionment and Constitutional Amendments Standing Committee.
Senator Correa sits on the following Select Committees:
· Manufactured Homes and Communities (Chair)
· California-European Trade (Chair)
· Youth Empowerment and Youth Services and Gang Prevention(Chair)
· Autism (ASD) & Related Disorders (Member)
· California – Mexico Cooperation (Member)
Senator Correa is also a member of the California Crime Victim’s Memorial Review Committee and the Prop 63 Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission.
In 2004, Mr. Correa was elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors, representing central Orange County. Prior to his election to the Board of Supervisors, he served as a State Assemblymember from 1998 to 2004 representing the 69th District.
In recognition of his hard work and strong commitment to his constituents, Mr. Correa has received numerous awards including:
Legislator of the Year:
· American Electronics Association (Senator Correa has received this honor two times)
· Apartment Association of Orange County
· Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Orange County Area Council
· California Association of County Veteran Service Officers, Inc.
· California Coalition of Nurse Practitioners
· California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (Senator Correa has received this honor two times)
· California Optometric Association
· California Senior Legislature
· California Small Business Association (CSBA) and California Small Business Roundtable (CSBRT)
· California State Firefighters’ Association
· California Sexual Assault Investigators Association
· Crime Victims United of California (Senator Correa has received this honor three times)
· Golden State Mobile Home Owners League
· Peace Officers Research Association of California
· The American Legion, Department of California
· Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of California
· Vietnam Veterans of America, California State Council
Other honors received (Presenting Organization):
· California Hospital Association (CHA) Health Care Champion Award
· California Metals Association
· Building Bridges to Fill America’s Promise Award (Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance)
· Charles Dick Medal of Merit (National Guard Association of the United States)
· Cultural Diversity Award (St. Anselm’s Cross-Cultural Community Center)
· Golden Hat Award (Vietnamese Professional Society)
· Hunger Fighter Award (California Hunger Coalition)
· Superintendent’s Bravo! Award (Santa Ana Unified School District)
Long active in community affairs, Senator Correa’s passions include providing healthcare for children and mental healthcare services for our communities, as well as ensuring the affordability of higher education for all Californians.
Mr. Correa is a product of the Anaheim public school system, where he attended Benjamin Franklin Elementary, Fremont Junior High and Anaheim High School. He holds degrees in Economics from California State University, Fullerton, and a Juris Doctor (JD) and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Mr. Correa has served on the Board of the Orange County Community Development Council, the county’s antipoverty council, the California Small Business Board, and the Orange County Boy Scouts. Prior to serving in the California State Legislature, he was an investment banker and a real estate broker. Mr. Correa is licensed with the California Real Estate Board and the California State Bar.
Senator Correa lives in Santa Ana with his wife and their four children.