CLBC Members

Assemblymember Holden

Hon. Christopher Holden

Assemblymember, 41st District
Chair, California Legislative Black Caucus

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 Weber

Hon. Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D.

Assemblymember, 79th District
1st Vice-Chair, California Legislative Black Caucus

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.

Senator Bradford

Hon. Steven Bradford

Senator, 35th District
2nd Vice-Chair, California Legislative Black Caucus

Elected to the state senate November 2016, Steven Bradford represents the 35th senatorial district, which includes the communities of Carson, Compton, Gardena, Harbor Gateway, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Pedro, Torrance, Watts/Willowbrook,Wilmington and part of south Los Angeles. He formerly served in the state assembly and as Mayor of Gardena. Senator Bradford is a proud life-long public servant and activist, who has spent his career focused on one objective—to represent the communities, neighborhoods and constituents he was elected to serve. Steve grew up in Gardena.  His mother, a nurse, instilled in him a strong values of caring for others and giving back to the community.  His father, a small business owner, taught him the importance of speaking up and out against injustice. In the Assembly,Steven served as Chair of the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color. There, he worked tirelessly to correct the many institutional injustices that plague young Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific Islander males. Senator Bradford earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at California State University, Dominguez Hills and San Diego State University. He enjoys golf and coaches both baseball and football at Rowley Park in the City of Gardena. He is the proud founder of the Gardena Jazz Festival; one of the most popular events in the entire South Bay!

Assemblymember McCarty

 

Hon. Kevin McCarty

Assemblymember, 7th District
Treasurer, California Legislative Black Caucus

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.

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 Cooper

Hon. Jim Cooper

Assemblymember, 9th District

Assistant Majority Leader Jim Cooper proudly represents California’s 9th Assembly district, which includes the cities of Sacramento, Elk Grove, Galt, and Lodi. Cooper currently serves on several committees, including: Public Employees Retirement and Social Security Committee, Governmental Organization Committee, Insurance Committee, Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee, Budget Committee, and Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration. Cooper also serves as Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Community Law Enforcement Relations and Responsibilities. Assistant Majority Leader Cooper has an extensive background in law enforcement and local government. Before joining the Assembly, Cooper served as a Captain in the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department for 30 years and spent 14 years as Elk Grove’s founding mayor and councilmember. He established solid governing values, balanced the city’s budget, and built a city from the ground up. Cooper has earned numerous awards, including the Bronze Star for Bravery for actions during the 1991 “Good Guys” hostage crisis. He also spent three years working as the Department’s spokesperson and spent nearly a decade working as an undercover narcotics officer and gang detective –investigating illegal activity to fight drug trafficking in Northern California. Community service is a significant part of Assemblymember Cooper’s life. He has served on the boards of the Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Sacramento Children’s Receiving Home. 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 Jones-Sawyer

Hon. Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr.

Assemblymember, 59th District

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.

Senator Mitchell

Hon. Holly J. Mitchell

Senator, 30th District

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 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 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.