Assemblymember Adam Gray Press Release

May 15, 2018
Contact: Jonathon Dworkin, 202-660-1340 x5

Assemblymember Adam Gray Selected as One of Nation’s Leading Pro-Growth Leaders

Joins group of 150 of the most innovative Democratic state and local officials

Washington, D.C. - Today, Assemblymember Adam Gray (Merced, Dist. 21) was selected as one of nine leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), a selective national network of state and local leaders led by Honorary Co-Chairs U.S. Senator Mark Warner and former Governor Jack Markell. Members of the 150-person network, who are working to enact pro-growth progressive solutions in a diverse array of communities, have been chosen from among more than 1000 nominations.

Gray and his peers in the new class of leaders (listed below) were recognized for their unwavering commitment to expanding opportunity, as they work to move their communities forward in the new economy. These leaders’ work will help build on NewDEAL’s The Way Forward, a policy agenda released last fall with innovative ideas to address the most pressing issues facing Americans in the digital age.

"Anyone wondering where to look for a bench of talented rising Democrats should take note of the NewDEAL's innovative network of results-oriented and forward-thinking leaders,” said Senator Warner (D-VA) and Governor Markell. “We are excited to welcome Assemblymember Gray as part of another class of innovative pro-growth leaders from throughout the country who are committed to meeting the demands of a changing world and rebuilding trust in government. We look forward to promoting his work as part of NewDEAL's policy agendas, while giving him the chance to learn from other leaders and work with them to set a vision for the future."

NewDEAL Leaders have found broad support for their work, with 98 percent of members winning elections in 2016 and 2017, across red, blue, and purple states, including ten elected to higher office. Four members were elevated to statewide office, including in the swing states of Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

“During my time in office, I have focused on improving the quality of life in the communities I represent,” said Gray. “As I continue to work on solutions for the San Joaquin Valley, I look forward to learning from other leaders who are setting the standard for effective governance across the nation.”

Since taking office in 2012, Gray has focused on creating opportunity for Central Valley residents. During his first years in the Assembly, he worked to address the collapse in the housing market by working on laws to help families buy their first home or stay in the home they already owned. Faced with an extreme drought affecting countless farmers in his district and statewide, Gray advocated to protect water rights and construct water-storage projects to offset the effects of future water shortages. He has also led the fight against state efforts to jeopardize the drinking water quality of the communities he serves.

About NewDEAL

The NewDEAL brings together leaders focused on expanding opportunity, helping them develop and spread innovative ideas to spur economic growth that is broadly-earned and sustainable. Most importantly, the organization facilitates the exchange of ideas among its members and connects them with other pro-growth political, policy, and private sector leaders.

One of the organization’s signature events, the Ideas Summit, will take place May 29-30 in Seattle, WA, where about 30 Leaders will join other innovators from the public and private sectors to discuss the path forward on key issues on which progress is being threatened, including trade, climate change, and education. In addition to panels and breakouts sessions, speakers will include NewDEAL Honorary Co-chair U.S. Senator Mark Warner as well as entrepreneur and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer.

Today’s announcement brings the total number of NewDEAL members – statewide officials, legislators, mayors, councilmembers, and other local leaders – to 158 leaders from 46 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Learn more about Assemblymember Gray and the NewDEAL at

The new class of NewDEAL Leaders includes:

Dorcey Applyrs, City Councilmember, New York, NY
Adrian Fontes, County Recorder, Maricopa County, AZ
Vin Gopal, Senator, Monmouth County, NJ
Adam Gray, Assemblymember, Merced, California
Steven L. Reed, Probate Judge, Montgomery County, AL
Andy Schor, Mayor, Lansing, MI
Anne Sung, Independent School District Board Member, Houston, TX
Lovely Warren, Mayor, Rochester, NY
Randall L. Woodfin, Mayor, Birmingham, AL


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