Assemblyman, California State Assembly
Joel is the youngest of 8 children, and at home, he is a husband of 19 years to his wife, Kate, and a father to three children – Mary, Maura, and Michael.
He owned and operated a small company for over a decade, which has given him real world experience with the challenges that face business owners and employees. He started his company in 1986 and built it into a million-dollar operation by its third year.
As President of the Padre Dam Municipal Water District, he led the fight to cut waste and became a Golden Watchdog Award finalist.
Anderson has been active for decades in both Republican organizations and campaigns. As a member the Republican Party of San Diego County’s central committee he played a major role in the building of one of the nation’s most effective local parties. For a decade, he served as a Board Member in the Adam Smith Institute, and as a member of the Lincoln Club of San Diego.
In the California State Assembly, he’s authored legislation as varied as divesting California’s public retirement funds from countries doing business in Iran, to expanding the hours of San Diego’s Transportation Management Center to alleviate traffic congestion.