Marco Antonio Firebaugh completed his bachelors degree in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley in 1993. Shortly afterward, he attended UCLA where he acquired a degree in law. From 1998 to 2008, he served as a California Assembly Member. During his final year, he became the highest-ranking Latino in the Assembly as the majority floor leader while simultaneously serving as the chairman for the California Latino Legislative Caucus. Full of drive and determination, the young Marco Antonio Firebaugh passed away on March 21, 2006 from liver ailment complications.
Throughout his short but impactful career, Marco Antonio Firebaugh passionately fought for disadvantaged communities and undocumented students. Today, Firebaugh is best known for introducing AB540, the breakthrough bill allowing undocumented students to pay in-state tuition, thus reducing their financial burden and making higher education more accessible.