Matthew Rodriquez is the acting attorney general. Rodriquez joined the California Department of Justice in 1987 as a deputy attorney general in the Land Law Section where he represented the California Coastal Commission, the State Lands Commission, and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. He was promoted to senior assistant attorney general for the Land Law Section in 1999 and was named chief assistant attorney general for the Public Rights Division in 2008. He also served as an interim chief deputy attorney general for former attorney general Kamala Harris until his appointment as secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency from 2011 through 2018. In 2019 he returned to the Department of Justice where he again served as the chief assistant attorney general for the Public Rights Division.
Prior to joining the California Department of Justice, acting attorney general Rodriquez worked in the City Attorney Offices in the cities of Hayward and Livermore and also served as an associate program analyst for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. He obtained his law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law and worked as a graduate student assistant for the California Coastal Commission during his final year in school.