Henry T. Perea joined the WSPA team in May, 2017 as Senior Vice President, Policy and Strategic Affairs. In this capacity, Henry is responsible for managing and leading WSPA’s state government affairs operation (legislative and regulatory) in California and drive the execution of the organization’s advocacy priorities.
Prior to joining WSPA, Henry served as Senior Director of state advocacy for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America responsible for Arizona, Nevada and California. In 2016, he played a key role in the defeat of Proposition 61 and several local and state measures that would have slowed innovation.
In the legislature, Henry served in the state Assembly representing California’s 31st district from 2010-2015. During his tenure, he served as Chairman to three separate policy committees including Revenue and Taxation, Insurance and Agriculture. Other standing committees he served on include Government Organization, Banking and Finance, and Elections and Redistricting.
Henry earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Fresno and a master’s degree in Leadership and Management from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Henry is married to Yahaira Garcia-Perea and they have three children.