, 55, of Palmdale, has been serving since April on the Board of Prison Terms, a post to which he
was also appointed by Schwarzenegger.His
new position does not require Senate confirmation and pays $94,000 yearly. Loa was with the APD's office from 1994 until his appointment to the parole board.He was with the Alternate Defense Counsel for five years before that. Loa kept his seat on the Palmdale City Council while serving on the board.
legislative efforts was an attempt to bring a hospital to the city, one of the few California municipalities of more than 100,000 people without one. His
criminal defense background was rare for a member of the BPT
.In an interview following his appointment, he attributed the selection to the governor's desire to have persons of diverse backgrounds working in his administration. Loa
was a strong supporter of Schwarzenegger, taking 40 days' worth of vacation and unpaid leave to work on the new governor's campaign. He began his legal career in 1977 with the Legal Services Corporation in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Upon returning to Los Angeles, the UCLA School of Law graduate engaged in private practice from 1977 through 1989. He is also a licensed real estate broker and a Republican activist, chairing the Antelope Valley chapter of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly and serving on the state and national executive boards of the RNHA.He is also a member of the California Republican Party Central Committee, and was a delegate to last month's Republican National Convention.