Tony is a husband of 15 years to his wife, Audra, and a father to two children—Ruby Ruth and Anthony Paul.
As a member of the California State Senate, Senator Strickland’s top priority was growing California’s economy. He believes the best way to preserve funding for vital programs like healthcare, education, and transportation is by creating jobs. He is committed to working with Democrats and Republicans to craft fundamental reforms to California’s budget process that has brought an unacceptable crisis to the state. Prior to joining the Senate, Tony served in the California State Assembly for the maximum six years from 1998-2004. In the Assembly, Tony quickly established a reputation as a taxpayer advocate and a representative with the skills to reach independent solutions to make government more accountable. He championed policies to help the economy. He received an “A” grade from the Chamber of Commerce for legislation he authored and votes he cast to help create better, higher-paying jobs.
As a long time advocate for working California families, it was in the State Assembly that Strickland took the action he is perhaps best known for. He filed a law suit against then Governor Gray Davis on behalf of energy rate-payers, which ultimately forced the Davis Administration to reveal outrageously expensive energy contracts it had negotiated in secret between the State of California and energy companies.
Tony is no stranger to hard work. His first job was washing wheelchairs at a nursing home facility and it was there where Tony was able to get first hand experience in the healthcare industry. That invaluable experience gave him the knowledge that would later help him as Vice- Chair of both the Senate and Assembly Health Committees while serving in the Legislature.
An active member of his community, Tony has been a Board Member of the Ventura County Council Boy Scouts of America, an Advisory Committee Member of Food Share, and an Honorary Board Member of the Moorpark Boys & Girls Club, in addition to being active in numerous civic, business and church organizations throughout Ventura County. Tony currently serves as a Board Member of the Coalition for Family Harmony, a non-profit dedicated to providing services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and to educating the community regarding violence against women, children and men. Tony also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors for SurePath Financial Solutions, a consumer credit counseling service.
In 2002, he was the recipient of the San Fernando Valley Business & Professional Association’s Free Enterprise Award, for championing economic policies that help create opportunities for working families, and was awarded the “Forty under 40” Award from the Pacific Coast Business Times.
Tony received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Whittier College. In 1992, Whittier College recognized Tony’s achievements by bestowing him with its Leadership and Service Award.
Tony currently serves as a Fellow and student mentor at the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California and is President and CEO of Endeavor Public Affairs, a government relations and public affairs firm.