Andre Quintero was elected to serve his hometown as Mayor of El Monte on November 3, 2009. He previously served two terms on the Board of Trustees of the Rio Hondo Community College District.
During his term on the Board of Trustees, he fought against student fee increases and worked to make Rio Hondo College a larger part of the community. Mr. Quintero supported holding Board of Trustee meetings in locations throughout the cities served by Rio Hondo College. He was also an advocate for student outreach programs that encourage students to enroll in college after high school graduation. He is especially proud of the College’s efforts to aggressively pursue grants for outreach programs.
Mr. Quintero also advocated for the creation of higher paying jobs for the local workforce. During Quintero’s tenure, the Board of Trustees adopted a Project Labor Agreement to provide a skilled workforce for construction projects during the college’s modernization and expansion program. The Board also approved sustainable building design standards so that the construction is friendly to the environment.
As Mayor, Mr. Quintero has advocated for more transparency in government decisionmaking. He has been a proponent of El Monte’s Promise, an initiative to provide the first two years of college funding at Rio Hondo College for every El Monte student. With the support of the City Council, Mayor Quintero established an ad hoc committee on Budget, Audit and Cost Control to make better financial decisions on behalf of the residents of El Monte. Mr. Quintero currently works for the City Attorney of Los Angeles as a Deputy City Attorney in the Criminal Branch as the Neighborhood Prosecutor for the Central Bureau. He previously worked in a law firm that specialized in municipal and education law. He also worked as an Applicant’s Attorney representing injured workers.
During law school at UCLA, Mr. Quintero was selected to participate in the California Senate Fellows Program. During his year in Sacramento, Quintero worked on veteran and senior issues for Senator Joe Dunn. He was a key staff person to the Senator on legislation that resulted in a $50 million bond act to build group and retirement homes for veterans.
A graduate of the University of California Riverside, Quintero received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. While at U.C. Riverside, he served as Student Body President for one year and also served as President of the statewide U.C. Student Association representing more than 160,000 students at California’s nine U.C. campuses. Quintero fought against increased college fees proposed by Governor Wilson and has continued to fight fee increases during both Governor Davis’ and Governor Schwarzenegger’s terms in office.
Mayor Quintero grew up and attended schools in El Monte, Monterey Park and Rosemead. He is the eldest son of immigrant parents Gustavo and Marlene Quintero. He is married to Deborah Quintero and father to Emma Olivia Quintero.
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