The Desert Sun
Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez, a Democrat, was elected in November 2008 to represent the 80th Assembly District.
Born in Indio and raised in Coachella and Imperial County, Pérez attended public schools and graduated from University of California, Riverside. He was a teacher before earning his master's degree in Education from Harvard University.
Pérez served on the Coachella Valley Unified School District Board and worked as a community health care director.