Hon. Holly J. Mitchell
Senator, 26th District
Standing Committee Assignments: Budget and Fiscal Review, Insurance, and Public Safety
Senator Holly J. Mitchell, a Democrat representing Culver City and parts of the city and county of Los Angeles, earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Riverside. She was elected to the Senate in 2013 after serving the 54th Assembly District from 2010 . She worked as a policy analyst for the Senate Health and Human Services Committee chaired by then Senator Diane E. Watson. She served as 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, a nonprofit Los Angeles-based child development agency. Ms. 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.
Hon. Roderick D. Wright
Senator, 35th District
Chair: Senate Governmental Organization Committee
Senator Roderick D. Wright, a Democrat representing South Los Angeles, graduated with a degree in urban studies and city planning from Pepperdine University. He served three terms in the California State Assembly from 1996 to 2002. He was elected to the Senate in 2008. He previously served as district administrator for U.S. Representative Maxine M. Waters. He was a driving force in the African American Caucus of the California Democratic Party. Mr. Wright’s legislative agenda is focused on job creation, health care access, education, and state energy policy.
Hon. Steven Bradford
Assemblymember, 62nd District
Chair: Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee
Assemblymember Steven C. Bradford (D – Gardena) earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Dominguez Hills. He was elected to the Assembly in 2009. Prior to serving in the Assembly, he was the first African American elected to the Gardena City Council, where he served 12 years. He was previously a public affairs executive for Southern California Edison. Assemblymember Bradford’s legislative agenda is focused on state energy policies, natural gas pipeline safety, clean energy, reducing our state’s reliance on the prison system and providing children with quality education and healthcare.
Hon. Isadore Hall, III
Assemblymember, 64th District
Chair: Assembly Governmental Organization Committee
Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III, a Democrat representing Compton, was elected to the California State Assembly in 2008. He was first elected in 2001 to the Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees, where he served as Board President. Hall also served six years on the Compton City Council. Hall earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and his Master’s degree in Management and Leadership from 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.
Hon. Cheryl R. Brown
Assemblymember, 47th District
Standing Committee Assignments: Rules; Housing and Community Development; Veterans Affairs; Arts Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media; and Aging and Long Term Care
Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown was elected on November 6, 2012 to represent California's 47th Assembly District, which includes San Bernardino, Rialto, Fontana, Colton, Grand Terrace, Bloomington and Muscoy. Her key legislative priorities include economic development, small business growth, public safety and education. She is currently the chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Small Business Financing and Development Opportunities. As chair, her primary goal is to promote a strong agenda for economic development and create an environment for small business growth. Prior to joining the California State Assembly, Brown worked for the San Bernardino County Planning Department. She later served on the County and City Planning Commissions for 17 years. During her tenure as a commissioner, she was elected president of the California County Planning Commissioners Association.
In 1980, Brown and her husband, Hardy, founded Brown Publishing Company to produce a weekly community newspaper, Black Voice News, which focuses on local news in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Black Voice News was originally established in 1972 and purchased by the Browns in 1980. The Browns, married for 50 years, have been recognized as the only living publishers to be included in the 175th anniversary of the Black Press of America. Their names were added to such historic publishers as Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Carlotta Bass – all of whom overcame great obstacles to publish the truth and to give a voice to the disenfranchised.
Assembly Member Brown has received numerous awards during her career. She has received awards as a community leader, business woman, and religious leader. Her awards include but are not limited to: Alumnus of the year from California State University, Publisher of the Year, from West Coast Black Publisher’s Association, NAACP, Boys and Girls Club of San Bernardino, Gorgonia Girl Scout Council, YWCA, Woman of Achievement. She has also been awarded for business by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Inland Empire, and the Inland Empire Region of the Church of God, the A.M.E., and Seventh Day Adventist Churches of the Inland Empire.
In 2012 the Browns celebrated 40 years of publishing excellence and held a black tie gala honoring 40 extraordinary individuals from the Inland Empire.
Hon. Christopher Holden
Assemblymember, 41st District
Standing Committee Assignments: Appropriations; Business, Professions & Consumer Protection; Labor & Employment; Transportation
Assemblymember Chris Holden, a Democrat representing Pasadena, earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, San Diego. He was elected in 2012. He serves as Assembly Majority Whip. Mr. Holden was previously elected to the Pasadena City Council. He was elected Pasadena Mayor in 1997. He was instrumental in expanding the Metro Gold Line connecting the San Gabriel Valley region to Metro Los Angeles, creating jobs and new business activity. He is president and owner of Pasadena-based CHMB Consulting Firm. Mr. 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.
Hon. Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr.
Assemblymember, 59th District
Chair: Assembly Budget Subcommittee #5 (Public Safety)
Assembly Member Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr., a Democrat representing Los Angeles, earned his bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He was elected in 2012. He 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. He was vice president of the L.A. Professional Managers Association. Mr. 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.
Hon. Sebastian Ridley-Thomas
Assemblymember, 54th District
Standing Committee Assignments: Appropriations, Health, Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security, Public Safety, and Rules
Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, Sebastian Ridley-Thomas was elected in December 2013 to represent California's 54th Assembly District, which includes the Los Angeles County 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.
Ridley-Thomas previously served as public policy director for State Senator Curren Price. In this capacity, he advised the senator on economic development, transportation, housing, public safety, and local government issues – all of which are of critical importance to constituents in the 54th Assembly District. Ridley-Thomas also worked as a staff member in the district office, where he was responsible for a caseload of 900,000 residents in Greater Los Angeles.
The Assemblymember has also served as legislative consultant to the Senate Select Committee on Procurement, where he worked to ensure small business owners in underserved communities received their fair share of state contracts, and as the political director for the nine-member California Legislative Black Caucus.
Ridley-Thomas is dedicated to finding sensible solutions to the issues facing Los Angeles residents. His commitment to public service was inspired by his mother – Avis Ridley-Thomas, a pioneer in conflict resolution – and his father, Mark Ridley-Thomas, chairman of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors and founder of the community empowerment movement that has become a model for communities nationwide.
Ridley-Thomas received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Morehouse College, where he held several leadership positions. A graduate of the CSU Sacramento Capitol Fellows Program, he trained in mediation and conflict resolution at UC Davis Extension and CSU Dominguez Hills. Ridley-Thomas lives in Los Angeles.
Hon. Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D.
Assemblymember, 79th District
Chair: Assembly Select Committee on Higher Education in San Diego County
Assemblymember Shirley Nash Weber, a Democrat representing San Diego, earned her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from University of California, Los Angeles. She was elected in 2012. She previously served as a professor at California State University, San Diego. Dr. Weber is former president of the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education. She chaired the San Diego Citizens Equal Opportunity Commission. Dr. 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.