CLBC Members

Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer

Hon. Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr.

Assemblymember, 59th District
Chair, California Legislative Black Caucus

Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr., a Democrat representing the communities of South Los Angeles, Florence-Firestone, Huntington Park and Walnut Park, was elected to the California State Assembly in 2012. Jones-Sawyer previously served as Director of Asset Management for the City of Los Angeles, Chair of the L.A. County Small Business Commission, Assistant Deputy Mayor for the City of Los Angeles and Vice President of the L.A. Professional Managers Association. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. Jones-Sawyer’s legislative agenda is focused on job creation, fair employment, justice and corrections, improving access to California’s education systems, and school campus safety.

Assemblymember Hall

Hon. Isadore Hall, III

Senator, 35th District
Vice Chair, California Legislative Black Caucus

Senator Isadore Hall, III, a Democrat representing the communities of Carson, Compton, Gardena, Harbor Gateway, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Pedro, South Los Angeles, Torrance, Watts/Willowbrook and Wilmington, was elected to the California State Senate in December of 2014. Hall previously represented California's 64th Assembly District from 2008 to 2014 and also served six years on the Compton City Council. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and his Master’s degree in Management and Leadership from the University of Southern California. Hall’s legislative agenda is focused on job creation, reducing childhood obesity and diabetes, improving public safety and expanding access to education technology.

Assemblymember Mitchell

Hon. Holly J. Mitchell

Senator, 30th District
Treasurer, California Legislative Black Caucus

Senator Holly J. Mitchell, a Democrat representing Culver City, Ladera Heights, Westmont, the Crenshaw District, Downtown, and Florence neighborhoods of Los Angeles, was elected to the California State Senate in 2013. Senator Mitchell is the former Chair of the CLBC and was elected to the Senate after serving the 54th Assembly District from 2010. Mitchell previously served as a policy analyst for the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, legislative advocate for the Western Center on Law and Poverty, executive director of Los Angeles-based Black Women’s Health Project and chief executive officer of Crystal Stairs. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Riverside. Mitchell’s legislative agenda is focused on improving Californians’ access to quality health and education, and assisting working families through job creation and expanding economic opportunity.

Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas

Hon. Sebastian Ridley-Thomas

Assemblymember, 54th District
Secretary, California Legislative Black Caucus

Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, a Democrat representing the communities of Century City, Culver City, Westwood, Mar Vista, Palms, Baldwin Hills, Windsor Hills, Ladera Heights, View Park, Crenshaw, Leimert Park, Mid City, and West Los Angeles, was elected to the California State Assembly in December 2013. Ridley-Thomas previously served as public policy director and as a staff member in the district office for State Senator Curren Price, and as the political director for the nine-member California Legislative Black Caucus. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Morehouse College and is a graduate of the CSU Sacramento Capitol Fellows Program. Ridley-Thomas’s legislative agenda is dedicated to economic development, transportation, housing, public safety, and local government issues.

Assemblymember Brown

Hon. Cheryl R. Brown

Assemblymember, 47th District

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown, a Democrat representing San Bernardino, Rialto, Fontana, Colton, Grand Terrace, Bloomington and Muscoy, was elected to the California State Assembly in 2012. Prior to joining the California State Assembly, Brown worked for the San Bernardino County Planning Department and later served on the County and City Planning Commissions for 17 years. Brown and her husband also founded 34 years ago, Brown Publishing Company, which produces a weekly community newspaper, Black Voice News. Brown’s key legislative agenda includes economic development, small business growth, public safety and education.

Assemblymember Burke

Hon. Autumn Burke

Assemblymember, 62nd District

Assemblymember Autumn Burke, a Democrat representing Inglewood, Gardena, Hawthorne, Venice, Lawndale, Lennox, El Segundo, Del Aire, Marina del Rey, West Athens, Westmont and portions of Los Angeles, was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2014. Burke owns a professional consulting firm that offers business development as well as community outreach. She is the daughter of former Assemblywoman Yvonne Burke and this is the first time in the history of California that a mother and daughter both served in the State Assembly.

Assemblymember Cooper

Hon. Jim Cooper

Assemblymember, 9th District

Assemblymember Jim Cooper, a Democrat representing Sacramento, Elk Gove, Galt, and Lodi, was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2014. Before joining the Assembly, Cooper served as a Captain in the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department for 30 years. Cooper grew up in Sacramento and is a graduate of the West Point Leadership Academy and FBI National Academy. He earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Saint Mary’s College.

Assemblymember Gipson

Hon. Mike Gipson

Assemblymember, 64th  District

Assemblymember Mike Gipson, a Democrat representing Carson, Compton, Gardena, Harbor Gateway, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, South Los Angeles, Torrance, Watts/Willowbrook and Wilmington, was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2014. Gipson served on the Carson City Council from 2005 to 2014 and served as Chief of Staff to Chairman Jerome E. Horton of the California State Board of Equalization. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business/Management from the University of Phoenix.

Assemblymember Holden

Hon. Christopher Holden

Assemblymember, 41st District

Assemblymember Chris Holden, a Democrat representing the communities of Altadena, Claremont, La Verne, Monrovia, Mt. Baldy, Rancho Cucamonga, San Dimas, San Antonio Heights, Sierra Madre, and South Pasadena, was elected to the California State Assembly in 2012 and serves as Assembly Majority Floor Leader. Holden previously served on the Pasadena City Council, as Pasadena Mayor in 1997, and is president and owner of Pasadena-based CHMB Consulting Firm. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, San Diego. Holden’s legislative agenda is focused on construction and transit-oriented development for the Metro Gold Line Pasadena-Azusa-Montclair extension, economic opportunities for start-up companies and small businesses and support for active duty military personnel.

Assemblymember McCarty

Hon. Kevin McCarty

Assemblymember, 7th District

Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, a Democrat representing Sacramento, West Sacramento, Rio Linda, Elverta, and Antelope, was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2014. Prior to being elected to the Assembly, McCarty served on the Sacramento City Council for ten years and led efforts to restore public safety, invest in public schools, protect the environment and promote good government measures. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from CSU Long Beach and an M.A. in Public Policy and Administration from CSU Sacramento.

Assemblymember Thurmond

Hon. Tony Thurmond

Assemblymember, 15th District

Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, a Democrat representing from Hercules to Oakland, including Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Piedmont, El Cerrito, Pinole, Richmond and San Pablo, was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2014. First elected to the Richmond City Council in 2005, Thurmond served as Council Liaison to Richmond’s Youth Commission, the Workforce Investment Board and the West Contra Costa Unified School District. He is a graduate and former student body president of Temple University.

Assemblymember Weber

Hon. Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D.

Assemblymember, 79th District

Assemblymember Shirley Nash Weber, a Democrat representing the cities of Chula Vista, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City and San Diego, was elected to the California State Assembly in 2012. Dr. Weber previously served as a professor at California State University, San Diego, was former president of the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education, and chaired the San Diego Citizens Equal Opportunity Commission. She earned her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from University of California, Los Angeles. Weber’s legislative agenda is focused on small business procurement, K-12 education curriculum, public safety, student financial aid, and juvenile justice youth assistance programs.