Over the past 30 years, Marie Waldron has been actively involved in her North San Diego County region. As a local business owner for 25 years, she understands the economic impacts of burdensome government regulation and spending on taxpayers and small businesses.
Elected to the California State Assembly in 2012, Marie Waldron serves as Assembly Republican Leader, the highest ranking Assembly Republican. She is known as a strong advocate for patient access to health care, opioid/substance use and mental health treatment. She is a member of the Mental Health caucus, the Prevention Support Team of Mental Health Systems-North Inland Community Prevention Program, and has served on the Assembly Health Committee, the Select Committee on Health Care Delivery & Universal Coverage, and the Select Committee on Infectious Disease in High Risk Communities.
She is currently serving on the Stanford 5 Year Initiative on Neuroscience, a working group to foster communication between policymakers and researchers regarding mental health, addiction and opioid drugs.
Marie is a former member of the San Diego County Opioid Task Force, and has been honored as "Legislator of the Year" from both the CA Life Sciences Association and the California Chronic Care Coalition.
Prior to her election to the Assembly, Waldron served for 14 years on the Escondido City Council fighting for public safety, budget stability and neighborhood revitalization. Waldron served as Escondido’s Deputy Mayor, on the Board of Directors for the North County Transit District, the city’s representative to the League of California Cities, the Regional Solid Waste Association Board, and Escondido’s Investment subcommittee. Her commitment to her city was recognized by the Escondido Rotary Club when she was presented their Outstanding Community Service Award in 1990.
Marie and her husband Steve own and operate Waldron Enterprises, Top End Tees Screen-printing and Apparel in Escondido for over 25 years. Waldron has also been a member of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Business Association and many other groups. She served 4 years as Honorary Chairman of the California Business Advisory Council which advocated on behalf of California’s small businesses to Congress.
Active in the San Diego region, Waldron is a founding member of the San Diego chapter of CWLA (California Women’s Leadership Association), and is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Previously, Marie worked her way up to Operations Manager for NBC Sports in New York, handled commercial operations for Times Mirror Cable TV in San Diego and worked with New York Mets Promotions department.
The Waldron’s have a 17-year old son and Steve is the founder of the successful “Cruisin’ Grand” hotrod event held every year in downtown Escondido since 1999. Marie has a B.S. degree from St. John’s University and has done graduate work at UCSD and SDSU.