It's not rare for an 18-year-old to find himself in college, but a Simi Valley teen yesterday was selected to be a member of an exclusive college: the U.S. Electoral College.
Chris Tumbeiro, a senior at Royal High School was appointed Friday by Dr. Lee Rogers, a congressional candidate in California’s 25th district.
“I wanted to choose someone different than the typical political appointee and I thought giving a student this opportunity would be a great learning experience for him and his whole class," Rogers said in a press conference Friday.
Although he is not a congressman yet, Rogers won the primary for the 25th district and is authorized by the state Democratic Party to appoint an elector. The 25th includes Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley, Simi Valley, and Porter Ranch.
"I chose Chris Tumbeiro after an interview because I know I can trust him to be a faithful elector, which is his primary duty. Additionally, he comes highly recommended from his teacher, Mr. [Brian] Dennert. He has a great responsibility, making sure that California’s voice is heard in the selection of the President of the United States,” Rogers added.
Tumbeiro will meet with the other 54 California members of the Electoral College in Sacramento on December 17 to officially vote for President and Vice President.
Rogers is in a tough race against incumbent Buck McKeon, a Republican, who has held the seat in the typically conservative district since 1993. Rep. McKeon is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.