At a glance: Abel Maldonado

Party: Republican

Occupation: Lieutenant governor

Age: 43, born in Santa Maria

Residence: Santa Maria

Personal: Married, four children.

Education: Attended Cal State San Luis Obispo, no degree

Career highlights: State Assembly, 1998-2004; state Senate, 2004-2010. Lieutenant governor, 2010

Platform: Create jobs as chairman of the Commission for Economic Development. Use position on CSU Board of Trustees and UC Board of Regents to push for transparency in administrative costs and keep higher education accessible and affordable.

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