Tony Strickland served three terms in the California State Assembly as the representative to the Thirty-Seventh District, which comprised of the Ventura County cities of Camarillo, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Ojai, Santa Paula, Fillmore, and the Los Angeles areas of Castaic, Chatsworth, and West Hills.
In the State Assembly, Tony quickly established a reputation as a taxpayer advocate who is serious about holding government accountable. His colleagues were quick to recognize his leadership skills, electing him to serve as the GOP Caucus Chairman.
In 2001, Tony made national news when he successfully sued then-Governor Gray Davis, forcing the administration to reveal the terms of their secret energy contracts. The resulting press coverage over the extremely high-cost energy contracts crystallized the anti-Davis sentiment that eventually led to his recall in 2003.
A founding member and former President of the California Club for Growth, an anti-tax supply-side economic political advocacy group, Tony has spent the past several years rallying California’s major donors and grass roots fiscal conservatives to advocate for lower taxes and less regulation, as well as business and job growth.
An active member of his community, Tony is a Board Member of the Ventura County Council Boy Scouts of America, an Advisory Committee Member of Food Share, and an Honorary Board Member of the Moorpark Boys & Girls Club, in addition to being active in numerous civic, Business and church organizations throughout Ventura County.
In 2002, he was the recipient of the San Fernando Valley Business & Professional Association’s Free Enterprise Award, for championing the free enterprise system in the State Assembly, and the “Forty under 40” Award from the Pacific Coast Business Times.
Tony received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Whittier College, where he was honored with the Leadership and Service Award and distinguished himself as a Nixon Scholar.
Tony and his family have been residents of Ventura County since 1973. His father Don was a career military soldier and his mother Antonie emigrated from Germany and became a U.S. Citizen in 1971. Tony is married to the Honorable Audra Strickland, a Member of the California State Assembly. Tony and Audra have a young daughter, Ruby Ruth.
Tony Strickland was the 2006 Republican nominee for California State Controller.