Monday, May 8, 2017

Adam Gray got an “F” on his report card – or one of them, anyway. That could really mess up the 21st District Assemblyman’s chances of being valedictorian some day.

Friday, May 5, 2017

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) was joined by the 4th Grade GATE class of Margaret Sheehy Elementary School in Merced to present Assembly Bill 1067, to designate the almond as the state’s official state nut, to the Assembly Government Organization Committee. “These exceptional students began the school year studying all things California,” said Gray. “After learning about the numerous other state symbols that exist, they were surprised to find out that California lacks an official state nut. They wrote to me requesting introduction of this bill and came to Sacramento today to advocate for the passage of this legislation.” The students and Assemblymember Gray were also joined at the hearing by representatives from the Modesto Nuts baseball team including team mascots Al the almond, Wally the walnut, and Shelly the pistachio. Check out the fun in this Assembly Access video.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) was joined at the State Capitol today by the 4th Grade GATE class of Margaret Sheehy Elementary School in Merced. The class of gifted and talented 4th graders served as Gray’s expert witnesses in support of a bill, AB 1067, to designate the almond as the state’s official state nut.

Friday, April 28, 2017


For Immediate Release: April 25, 2017
Contact: Adam Capper – (916) 319-2021


Legislation Restoring Fairness to California Water Management One Step Closer to Becoming Law


SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 313, introduced by Assemblyman Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) to provide solutions for California’s broken water management structure, cleared an important hurdle Tuesday. AB 313 was approved by the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife at its regular hearing. Committee members voted 13-0 to send the bill onto the next step.


“It’s time to bring some fairness back to the equation for California’s water rights holders,” said Gray. “Time and again, we’ve seen state agencies act with unchecked power, with little accountability to the communities they’re supposed to serve. The current system isn’t just inadequate – it’s imbalanced. This bill begins a critically necessary reform of the state’s water management, removing inherent biases and conflicts of interest.”


Friday, April 28, 2017


For Immediate Release: April 28, 2017
Contact: Megan Belair – (916) 319-2021


New Democrats Form Executive Committee and Name Assemblymember Gray as Convener


SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) and Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) today announced that Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) has been named the convener of the informal caucus of moderate Democrat Assemblymembers known as the New Democrats, effective immediately.


“I am honored to have been selected as convener by my colleagues and look forward to working to find common ground and real solutions to the problems facing our state,” said Assemblymember Gray. “The New Democrats are committed to a pragmatic approach that promotes the interests of hard-working Californians alienated by the extreme partisanship of both the left and the right.”


In addition, the New Democrats today announced the creation of an executive committee that will collaboratively set policy discussion.


"With 37 million residents in California, it takes a collaborative approach from each of our members to tackle the myriad of issues facing Californian families and businesses everyday,” said Assemblymember Salas. “The restructuring of the New Democrats will allow each of our members to utilize their strengths in tackling these issues."


Monday, April 10, 2017

After years of discussion and hours of debate, the State Legislature approved the Road Repair and Accountability Act. The landmark transportation investment package will invest $52-billion over the next ten years to fix our roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California including $400 million to extend ACE rail to Ceres and Merced as well as $100 million to fully construct the UC Merced Campus Parkway.

Thursday, April 6, 2017


SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) issued the following statement today after lending his support to a transportation plan to raise new revenues for road maintenance and transportation infrastructure while asking voters to constitutionally safeguard these funds:

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Assemblymember Gray and Senator Cannella weigh in on the proposed transportation package in today's Modesto Bee and Merced Sun-Star


Last November, we asked you to trust our local government and elected officials by passing a half-cent sales tax increase to become a “self-help county” – meaning counties that have stepped up to generate local funding for transportation improvements. The two-thirds threshold for passage meant it took Democrats, Republicans and independents working together to make it happen.

After all the votes were counted, both Stanislaus and Merced County approved the measures. Thank you.

Gov. Jerry Brown has now put a state transportation funding plan on the table. It raises taxes, no question. Gas will cost about 17 cents more per gallon by 2020. Diesel taxes and vehicle fees will also increase. The gas and diesel components of his plan will fall hardest on working class families here in the Valley, where commutes are the longest and incomes are among the state’s lowest.

There are a lot of promises being made for the $5.2 billion a year the plan will generate, but the question we must answer is whether this plan makes good on its promises here in the Valley.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Los Banos, Calif - Despite one of the wettest winters on record, some Valley farmers are only getting 65% of the water they depend on.

Los Banos farmer Canon Michael spoke with Eyewitness News This Morning about how the allocation will impact him.


Please follow this  link to see the full interview.

Friday, March 24, 2017

As excerpted from an op-ed appearing in the 3/24 edition of the Merced Sun-Star:

By Dorothy Leland and Adam Gray

In 1988, the University of California Board of Regents approved the location of the 10th University of California campus. After considering 80 different sites, the regents’ final selection of Merced reverberated throughout the city. The entire Merced community, from elected and civic leaders to enthusiastic high school students, embraced the prospect of the campus and recognized how it could create vast improvements for an area facing serious economic, educational and environmental challenges.

The UC is one of the greatest and most prestigious public university systems in the world, and its strength in medical research and education is unparalleled.

As a result, the establishment of a University of California campus in Merced in 2005 was also recognized as an ideal opportunity for helping address the shortages of physicians and the public health issues facing the entire San Joaquin Valley.

Opening a medical school at UC Merced is not a recent hope. It was part of the original dream.