top of page


Hi, I'm Rob



Dr. Roberto "Rob" Cancio was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He has been a resident of Norwalk, CA since 1993. Dr. Cancio has three siblings. Two of his siblings are in law enforcement careers and his younger brother is a student in the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified District. Dr. Cancio attended schools across the NLMUSD (Moffitt Elementary School; Dolland Elementary School; Hutchinson Middle School; La Mirada High School; and Southeast Academy High School).

In 2005, he graduated from Southeast Academy and enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a cryptologist. He completed two global deployments and was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal in addition to various other decorations, medals, and citations.  

After his enlistment, Dr. Cancio attended East Los Angeles College for his A.A., UC Berkeley for his B.A., and the University of Miami for his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. He also has certifications from Harvard University, the University of Florida, and Loyola Marymount University. He has taught at both the University of Miami and Loyola Marymount University and regularly publishes his work on mental health, substance use, and violence.

Dr. Cancio resides with his family in Norwalk and enjoys watching his brother play for La Mirada Little League and John Glenn High School. Norwalk and La Mirada have seen Dr. Cancio grow and accomplish many accolades. Now it is his turn to use his skills, knowledge, and life experience to help the 64th District address the new and challenging needs.

At present Dr. Cancio serves on the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Board of Education. On the board, he has championed new and innovative student achievement programming and resources, mental health services, fiscal accountability, school-to-career programs, and a district grant portfolio. Please join us in electing Dr. Rob Cancio to the 64th California State Assembly district!

Community Involvement                                                                                  

  • Board Director, Kiwanis International, Kiwanis 605 Club (Norwalk)       

  • Senior Vice Commander, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 9148 (La Mirada)

  • Member, American Legion, Post 359 (Norwalk)                                         

  • Officer, The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem

  • Office of Congresswoman Linda Sánchez Veterans Advisory 

  • Office of Congresswoman Linda Sánchez Service Academy Board

  • Member, La Mirada Veteran Coordinating Council

Union Involvement

  • Member, California School Nutrition Association, Chapter 24 

  • Member, Southern California Supervisory Chapter — 01 So Cal SNA

School Board Committees

  • Delegate, Southwest Los Angeles County, Delegate Assembly, California School Boards Association  

  • County Committee on School District Organization

  • California School Boards Association Legislative Network

  • Representative to Head Start State Preschool

Published Works


"It’s time for less bull, and more brains. That’s why I’m running."
- Dr. Rob Cancio

Latino ~ Veteran ~ Educator ~ Businessman

Prepared to deliver quality leadership with results for all

  • I believe that government must become more entrepreneurial, data-driven, and modern.

  • I believe increasing safety through a data-driven approach that leverages best practices and cultivates community partnerships.

  • I believe public service is a public trust and that mismanaging public funds is unacceptable.

  • I believe that government must be “by, for, and through” the people. 

  • I believe that there is more binding us together as a community than separating us.

  • I believe we must not lose sight of the fact that our system of government was designed to encourage compromise -- not a total victory by any one political faction.

  • I believe we are at a crossroads in our newly drawn district. We must commit to maintaining our unique identities and traditions while adapting to and preparing for, changing circumstances.

  • I believe we are capable of achieving more than one ambitious goal at a time.

  • I believe that a great society cannot tolerate extreme poverty and homelessness.

  • I believe that it is our responsibility to give our children a better quality of life.

  • I believe that broad-based economic growth is our best solution to growing inequality and societal discontent.

  • I believe that people deserve to feel safe in their community.

bottom of page