Oscar De Los Santos was born to working-class immigrant parents. He's dedicated his life and career to public service and progressive values.
As a teacher at a low-income school in South Phoenix, he's been on the frontlines of the fight for better-funded schools and better teacher pay.
As head of public policy at the Association of Arizona Food Banks, he represented Arizona's 1,200 food banks and food pantries in the Arizona Legislature and in Congress. He fought for state laws that promote economic justice—and won. Working in partnership with local community groups, the legislature, and the governor, he successfully led the fight to pass a bill that doubled the state’s cash assistance program for low-income families. He also spearheaded a coalition that passed legislation to restore access to food assistance programs for people with felony records.
Today, he works at the Arizona Democracy Resource Center, combatting Republican attacks on our democracy and our freedom to vote.
Before working on public policy in Arizona, Oscar served in the Obama White House, where he worked for one of President Obama's senior economic advisors, gaining valuable experience in national economic affairs.
Oscar has been recognized locally and internationally for his leadership. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, earned a master of public policy at the University of Oxford, and was invited by the White House to a private meeting with President Obama.
His leadership has also been recognized by the Arizona State Legislature, which honored Oscar by passing SCR1029, a concurrent resolution formally commending Oscar for his public service.
Now, Oscar is running to represent LD 11 in the Arizona House of Representatives. He doesn't take a dime of money from corporations or lobbyists, and he's the only candidate in the race endorsed by Planned Parenthood, teachers, nurses, and unions.