Cruz M. Bustamante
Lieutenant governor, politician

Born: January 4, 1953

Cruz M. Bustamante was born in Dinuba, California, the first of six children. He grew up in San Joaquin and lived near both sets of grandparents who had come to the United States from Chihuahua and Zacatecas, Mexico. Cruz learned the meaning of hard work and the value of serving other people from his parents.

Cruz worked hard in school and in the fields of San Joaquin. After high school he went to Fresno City College to learn how to be a butcher. His career as a butcher was short, as he entered politics at the young age of 19 when he worked as an intern for a Congressman. After Cruz finished his internship, he returned to California and transfered into Fresno State University to study public administration.

Over the years Cruz has held many public offices. Bustamante became the first Latino to be elected to a statewide office in California since 1878. Learn more about Cruz at the following websites:

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