Retired US Marshal Tony Amador is the only candidate with the experience and leadership to represent the constituents of California’s 9th Congressional District. Amador comes from a unpretentious working class family and has worked his way up to experience the quintessential American dream. Tony was born to Mexican immigrants, who had 14 children. Tony is married to his wife of 50 years, Evelia and has four daughters and 15 grandchildren.
Tony Amador has an extensive law enforcement background that would make him unique in terms of background as a candidate for US Congress. Amador served as a patrol officer in the Los Angeles Police Department for 13 years. He also served as President of the Los Angeles Police Protective League. During his tenure as President of the League, he was responsible for the passage of AB301, a law enacted giving police officers procedural due process. This legislation is commonly known as the Police Officer’s Bill of Rights.
After his tenure in the LAPD, he was appointed by succeeding Governors of California, both Republican and Democratic administrations, to various positions in state government. Governor Edmund G. Brown first appointed Tony Amador to the Narcotic Addict Evaluation Authority, which adjudicated cases of parolees in the civil narcotic program. He was then appointed by Governor Brown as the chairman of the Youthful Offender Parole Board, which was responsible for the management of over 40,000 case decisions of wards committed to the California Youth Authority and for those on parole. Amador then served as Director of the California Youth Authority, the nation’s largest youth authority system, which oversaw 9,000 wards of institutions. Under Governor George Deukmejian, he was appointed as Deputy Director of the Employment Development Department. As Deputy Director he managed four programmatic divisions: Audit division, Investigation division, Evaluation division, and the State Monitor Advocate office.
In 1990, Tony Amador was called to Washington DC to serve as the Vice-Chairman of the US Merit Systems Protection Board under President George H. Bush. The duties of the Board include ensuring that Executive Branch agencies make employment decision in accordance with the merit system principles, which Federal employees are protected against abuses by agency management, and that Federal merit systems are kept free of prohibited personnel practices.
In 1997, Tony was called back to Sacramento to be an appointee of Governor Pete Wilson to the California Public Employment Relations Board. The Board is a quasi-judicial agency, which oversees public sector collective bargaining in California. The Board administers three collective bargaining statutes, ensures their consistency, implementation and application, and adjudicates disputes between the parties’ subject to them. Approximately 900,000 public sector employees and nearly 1,200 public employers are included within the jurisdiction of the three Acts administered by PERB.
Tony Amador served as the United States Marshal for the Eastern District of California. He was appointed to this position by President George W. Bush in 2002. Tony was the administrative head of the U.S. Marshal’s Service with a geographic boundary that stretches from Bakersfield to the Oregon border and from Vallejo to the Nevada border. Thirty-four of the fifty-eight counties in California lie within the geographic boundaries of the Eastern District. The primary functions of the U.S. Marshal’s Service are to ensure the security and safety of the federal courthouses, Federal judges, U.S. Attorneys, the federal court family, witnesses, and prisoners. The U.S. Marshal’s Service is the primary federal agency responsible for the apprehension of federal fugitives and administers the Asset Seizure and Forfeiture Program. The Witness Security Program also falls under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Marshal’s Service, as well as the transportation of federal prisoners, via “Con Air”. A cooperative working relationship with law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal levels is an integral part of the U.S. Marshal duties. Serving as Chairman of the Central Valley High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, along with serving on various Task Forces and the Deputizing of other law enforcement personnel in agencies who are part of these task forces, is an additional function of the U.S. Marshal.
Tony is involved locally as an active member of The Lodi Rotary Club, The Lodi Mex-Am Lions Club and The Knights of Columbus. Tony recently resigned from the San Joaquin County Grand Jury and is presently a member of the San Joaquin County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission.