Prior to his election, Aghazarian was a local businessman and attorney, working for his family’s business, Aghazarian’s of Stockton, which has been in Stockton for more than three decades. He was also an elected member of the Lincoln Unified School District Board of Trustees from 1998-2002, serving as president of the board for the 2001-02 year.
Assemblyman Aghazarian briefly considered running against freshman Democratic Congressman Jerry McNerney in 2008; however, Aghazarian has instead decided to pursue a run for the State Senate in the 5th district, which is one of the few competitive Senate seats in California. He will face Assemblywoman Lois Wolk. A graduate of the University of Southern California and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Aghazarian lives in Stockton with his wife, Esther, and their three sons: Ben, Max and Sam.