Chasing the Central Valley Dream

When I was elected to represent the State Senate four years ago, the mission was simple – serve the people of the Valley. 

As life became more challenging during the pandemic, the Valley came together, because that’s what we do when times are hard.  I was proud to deliver tax refunds, grants for small business, rental relief and mortgage assistance to hundreds of thousands of Valley families hurt by the pandemic.

I want to continue the important work we have started together which includes more funding for clean and reliable water supplies and policies to improve healthcare, provide quality education, strengthen our local economy and to fight crime in our neighborhoods. 

There is still much work to do.  I’d appreciate your support in my re-election for State Senate. 

–Melissa Hurtado 



Senator Hurtado Hopes to Freshen Farmworkers Water

Contaminated water has long plagued California’s Southern Central Valley, a region home to many farmworkers. SB 974, a bill by Senator Melissa Hurtado, seeks to provide safe drinking water by exempting small disadvantaged communities from certain CEQA provisions.

$110 Million State Investment in Healthcare

November 22, 2019
Health care leaders, state legislators and medical professionals from across the region gathered to highlight two new programs that have already directed more than $110 million in state tobacco fee revenues across the state which specifically help improve access to health care in the Central Valley.

Addressing Infant Food Insecurity

November 13, 2019
Senator Melissa Hurtado, representing the 14th Senate District in California, launched the inaugural 2019 Hurtado Holiday Baby Formula and Infant Nutrition Drive, in partnership with Central California Food Bank and the California Association of Food Banks. The drive addresses the need to tackle the southern Central Valley’s child food insecurity rate, which currently sits at almost 25 percent in Fresno, Tulare and Kern counties.