Adam was born and raised in Merced working at his grandfathers’ local business, Merced Dairy Supply. He attended public schools in Merced and was a member of Golden Valley High School’s first graduating class. He attended Merced Community College before furthering his education at UC Santa Barbara.
He returned to Merced to work with then Assemblymember, and former Congressman, Dennis Cardoza. At the time, farmers were plagued with soaring energy prices, rolling blackouts, low rainfall and low-cost imports flooding the market. Adam helped exempt fuel and farm equipment from the state sales tax, otherwise known as the “Tractor Tax,” which encouraged farmers to upgrade their equipment and save jobs. He also worked on legislation to provide tax incentives to small businesses, and to protect family farms from scrap metal theft. He also worked on legislation that provides tax credits to first-time homebuyers and protects homeowners against fraudulent loan modifications.
During his time in the State Assembly, Adam has consistently brought bipartisan interests together to improve the lives of his constituents in the Central Valley. He played a significant role in the construction of the 2014 Water Bond (Prop 1), advocating to maintain nearly $3 billion to construct new water storage to keep water prices affordable for Valley farmers and businesses.
Adam traveled throughout the Valley to bring awareness to California’s valuable FFA programs when funding was threatened. He delivered statewide resources when Le Grand’s water supplies were threatened and organized an effort to restore power to a disadvantaged neighborhood in Santa Nella when a fire destroyed their power source. He restored state funding to construct a new special education school in Merced when bureaucratic red tape jeopardized the project, and brought international attention to Merced and Stanislaus County as finalists for the multibillion dollar Tesla Motors “Giga-Factory.”
Adam has been recognized for his stance on firearms and has been named the California Rifle and Pistol Association’s “Legislator of the Year.” He is the first Assembly Democrat in nearly a decade to receive the award. The National Rifle and Pistol Association also gave Adam high marks for his work on behalf of gun owners.
Adam currently lives in Merced with his wife Cadee, and is excited to continue to represent the 21st District in the State Assembly.