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California Legislative Black Caucus Statement on the Passing of the Honorable Gwen Moore

1978-1994 | California State Assembly

Sacramento-It is with heavy hearts that the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) Members bid farewell to our former Chair and colleague, the Honorable Gwen Moore, who passed away today. Gwen Moore was born on October 28, 1940, in Los Angeles, California where she earned her BA and MA in Public Administration. She was a community college professor and a former elected member of the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees before her distinguished career as a member of the California State Assembly for 16-years.

As a Democratic Assemblywoman from Southwest Los Angeles, Moore represented the 49th District. She was a prolific leader serving as Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus and Chair of the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee, where she acted as an authority on utilities and telecommunications issues for 12 years.

In addition, Moore served as Assembly Democratic Whip, authored legislation that opened the utility rate-setting process to greater public scrutiny, championed equal rights for women, and vigorously fought for women’s access to health care. Moore also developed legislative and political strategies on a variety of issues such as diversity in procurement, taxation, international trade, consumer affairs, business, and labor issues. She had a record number of over 400 bills signed into law.

Drawing on her extensive legislative experience, Moore founded and served as the principal consultant for GeM Communications Group, where she developed and implemented public affairs, legislative strategies and community outreach programs.

Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D., Chair of the CLBC, called Gwen Moore a true friend of the Caucus.  “Gwen Moore never forgot the Caucus.  She was a friend, supporter and mentor to all of its Members.  We could count on Gwen to be present and engaged.  She cared deeply for our Members and assisted each one of us in becoming better Legislators.  Her life and service was an inspiration, and she will never be forgotten.”

The CLBC stands with the family of Gwen Moore as we mourn her untimely passing and celebrate what was a prestigious life and career in public service.