The bill sparked a national movement which led 28 other states and the United States Congress to introduce similar laws. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced to the world that he would sign AB 221 on the floor of the United Nations during his speech to the General Assembly.
To keep our roads safe, Supervisor Anderson authored legislation that same year to make San Diego’s Regional Transportation Management Center a 24/7 operation.
In recognition of the sacrifices made by the men and women of our military in protecting our freedoms, Supervisor Anderson passed Assembly Bill 257 into law, which granted free state park passes to disabled veterans and recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Supervisor Anderson was also recognized with the 2007 "San Diego Psychiatric Society Legislative Award" for his "interest in, sensitivity to, and knowledge of mental health issues."
In 2008, Supervisor Anderson joined forces with the state's sheriffs and district attorneys to curb the rampant crime of metal theft. For his dedication, these groups named Supervisor Anderson their “Legislator of the Year.”
His efforts on a wide array of issues were recognized by groups who identified Supervisor Anderson as a champion for their cause. For his efforts to protect the Second Amendment, Supervisor Anderson was named the "2008 California Rifle & Pistol Association Legislator of the Year." He also fought hard to keep public land open for public use during his first term which earned him the "2008 California League of Off-Road Voters Legislator of the Year Award."
In recognition of his efforts on behalf of veterans and their
families, the California Branch of the American Legion named
Supervisor Anderson as their “Legislator of the Year” in 2010.
After being sworn in as the State Senator from California’s thirty-sixth Senate District, representing over 1,000,000 constituents, Supervisor Anderson affirmed his commitment to making government work for those he represents. In 2011, for his efforts to protect small businesses during the great recession, Supervisor Anderson was named the “California State Senate Legislator of the Year” by the California Small Business Association and California Small Business Roundtable.
In 2012, as Vice-Chair of the Senate Public Safety Committee, Supervisor Anderson continued his work to protect crime victims by authoring Senate Bill 1371, which passed both the Senate and Assembly unanimously and was signed into law by Governor Brown. SB 1371 closed a loophole in existing law that allowed convicted criminals to avoid restitution to the victims of their crimes.
Anderson was recognized by American Veterans (AMVETS) with their Legislator of the Year award for his work toward improving veterans’ lives in California.
In the following year, Supervisor Anderson passed another important measure that preserved California’s commitment to the brave men and women who have served our country. Senate Bill 725 ensured that veterans organizations would not unfairly lose their right to return to halls and buildings dedicated for their use when temporarily displaced for repairs and renovations.
Supervisor Anderson received the Thomas Paine award from the San Diego Republican Liberty Caucus in 2014 for his efforts to expel three senators indicted or convicted of felonies, including perjury, gun running, and bribery. He strongly opposed changes to the constitution that would ultimately perpetuate the culture of corruption, deny Californians their voice in the Capitol, and stifle minority viewpoints.
Three more prestigious veterans’ advocacy groups recognized Anderson in 2015 for his unwavering dedication to those who have fought to protect our freedoms. The California State Commanders Veterans Council, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of California, and the Vietnam Veterans of America – California State Council and they all bestowed upon him their “Legislator of the Year” awards.
Never straying from the principles he was elected to uphold, a Sacramento Bee study identified Supervisor Anderson as the third most independent legislator based on his voting record, and he earned 100% ratings from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the California Taxpayers’ Association.
While Supervisor Anderson’s accomplishments are many, the most important role in his life is that of being a husband to his wife Kate of 31 years, and a father to their three children - Mary, Maura, and Michael.