All About Andrew
Andrew Rodriguez is a lifelong resident of the City of Walnut in the 55th State Assembly District. He currently serves on the Walnut City Council as Mayor Pro Tem. When elected, Andrew was the youngest elected councilman in Los Angeles County. During his tenure on the Walnut City Council, Mayor Pro Tem Rodriguez hit the ground running by working to improve quality of life in every neighborhood. Using his background as a planner and working with city and regional leaders from all political parties, he has been a leader in expanding open space and using smarter growth strategies for the region.
Born and raised in Walnut, Andrew attended public schools and learned the values of hard work and giving back to his community from his parents, a kindergarten teacher and a federal employee. While at Walnut High School, the family attended President Obama’s first inauguration and the experience inspired Andrew to pursue a career in public service.
Andrew went to Rutgers University in New Jersey and worked his way through school, graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Minor in Planning and Public Policy. During his time at Rutgers, Andrew worked on several Democratic campaigns, including Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s successful U.S. Senate bid. Andrew found his passion for municipal management at Rutgers, gaining valuable experience working for a non-profit redevelopment corporation dealing with urban revitalization issues in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He also worked for a public affairs firm in New York City, with clients in both the private and public sectors.
…During his tenure on the Walnut City Council, Mayor Pro Tem Rodriguez hit the ground running by working to improve quality of life in every neighborhood…
Andrew returned home after earning his degree and performed his AmeriCorps service helping high school students apply to college. He’s now pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Southern California and works for a land use firm in the San Gabriel Valley.
In his spare time, Andrew enjoys traveling and reading. He has visited almost all fifty states and has traveled abroad extensively. In 2014, Andrew spent several months in Australia studying comparative politics at the University of Melbourne. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, Strong Towns and other non-profit organizations. Andrew has an identical twin brother who is pursuing a journalism career in New York City.