Legwatch 2013-14


Kevin De Leon Senate District 24, Democrat


Kevin De Leon

Term limit: 2018


Personal data

Capitol office
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4024
Fax: (916) 651-4924

Senate Floor

Senate Committee on Appropriations

District voter registration
Democrat: 53%
Republican: 24%
Other: 23%

District makeup
The western boundary encompasses the Los Angeles communites of Montecito Heights and El Sereno; moving south to include over half (59%) of East Los Angeles; then moves east to encompass the cities of Azusa, Baldwin Park, Covina, Duarte, El Monte, Industry, Irwindale, La Puente, Monterey Park, Rosemead, West Covina and numerous unincorporated islands.

Source: California Target Book


Manufacturers in this district


Kevin De Leon biography:
I was first elected to serve as a member of the California State Assembly in 2006. Shortly after completing my freshman term in the Legislature, I was appointed Chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee where we are responsible for reviewing all bills with a fiscal impact. As a result, virtually every bill goes to the Appropriations Committee making it the single most powerful committee in the Assembly.

In addition to leadership responsibilities, I serve on several important policy committees including Health, Natural Resources, Governmental Organization and the Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media committee. I also serve on the Joint Committee for Emergency Services and Homeland Security and several select committees including the Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Growth Management, International Trade, and the Preservation of California’s Entertainment Industry select committee.

I was formerly a member of the State Allocation Board (SAB) that distributes state school construction bond funds approved by the voters. Since joining the Board in 2007 the SAB has allocated nearly $1.4 billion in voter approved bond funds for new school construction, modernization, career technical education, and joint-use school projects across the state. Those funds are vital to ensuring that our schools are safe and are wired for modern technologies.

In addition to a focus on improving public schools, I am committed to improving the air quality in Los Angeles. My district in particular is criss-crossed by six freeways and has some of the country’s worst air quality. I authored legislation that was later inserted into an omnibus measure signed into law creating hundreds of millions of dollars available for alternative fuel research and development.

To improve access to park space to under-served communities, I authored legislation - Parks for People - signed into law in October by Governor Schwarzenegger. It establishes a needs-based grants program for the distribution of $400 million in funds for local park assistance and development. That measure will allocate the single largest investment in local park space creation in the nation’s history and will insure that those funds are targeted to areas with the highest needs. I am also a member of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Board, where we put into action a vision of creating green space in heavily-urbanized and park-starved communities.

I have also authored legislation to assist families without access to employer-based retirement plans save for retirement by putting one of the nation’s most respected institutional investors, CalPERS, to work for average working Californians. That measure would authorize CalPERS to offer Californians that do not have retirement plans available at work individual retirement accounts (IRA’s) to create a financial nest egg when they retire.

While walking neighborhoods during my first campaign, I stumbled across bullet casings on sidewalks - just feet from where children were playing. Ever since, I've been determined to the get handgun ammunition that fuels violence out of the hands of criminals and gang-bangers. Along with Sheriff Baca, former LAPD Chief Bratton, and current Chief Charlie Beck, I have championed legislation to require anyone selling handgun bullets to check a buyer's identification, take a thumbprint and make the records available on request to the police.

I grew up in the San Diego neighborhood of Logan Height and was the first in my family to graduate from high school. I attended UC Santa Barbara and graduated from Pitzer College at the Claremont Colleges with honors. I have one daughter, Lluvia. Prior to my work in the assembly I worked as a community organizer, English as a Second Language and U.S. Citizenship teacher, and an advocate for public schools at both the California Teachers Association and as a Senior Associate for the National Education Association (NEA) in Washington, D.C.

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Manufacturers' legislative scorecard
De Leon's :
2011-12: 33% (8-16) 2009-10: 18% (2-9) 2007-08: 15% (5-28)OVERALL: 22% (15-53)
  VOTE  Indicates vote for manufacturers' interests or an Abstain vote
De Leon's
2013 votes
AB 10 - Minimum wage YES
AB 1165 - Cal OSHA abatement YES
AB 12 - Regulatory reform / implementation
AB 327 - Net Energy metering and RPS
AB 93 / SB 90 - Sales tax exemption
SB 118 - workforce development
SB 54 - Risk management / labor union apprenticeship work YES
2012 votes
AB 1062 - Public social services YES
AB 1500 - Corporation taxes: apportionment: single sales factor: Middle Class Scholarship Fund YES
AB 1990 - Renewable energy resources: renewable feed-in tariff set aside for most impacted and disadvantaged communities YES
AB 2439 - Corporation taxes: disclosure YES
SB 1118 - Solid waste: used mattresses: recycling and recovery YES
SB 1161 - Communications: Voice over Internet Protocol and Internet Protocol enabled communications service
SB 1402 - Economic development: California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program
SB 1458 - School Accountability: Academic Performance Index
SB 1458 - School Accountability: Academic Performance Index
SB 535 - California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund YES
SB 568 - Polystyrene Food Containers YES
SB 863 - Workers' compensation
SB 965 - State and local government
2011 votes
AB 1062 - Arbitration: appeals YES
AB 559 - Civil actions: costs YES
AB 1155 - Workers’ compensation. YES
SB 202 - Elections: ballot measures YES
SB 116 - Income taxes: exclusions: deductions: sales YES
AB 724 - Clean Energy Jobs and Investment Act YES
SB 508 - Income and corporation taxes: credits: information and operative time period YES
AB 1319 - Product safety: bisphenol A YES
SB 547 - Public school performance accountability
SBX1 2 - Energy: renewable energy resources YES
SB 617 - State government: financial and administrative accountability
2010 votes
AB 1405 - AB 32 Community Benefits Fund YES
AB 2446 - Graduation requirements
AB 737 - Solid waste: diversion YES
SB 722 - Utilities: renewable energy resources. YES
AB 2738 - Regulations: agency statement of reasons
AB 569 - Meal periods: exemption YES
SB 657 - Anti-Human Trafficking Corporate Policy Mandate YES
AB 2666 - Corporation taxes: Franchise Tax Board: tax expenditures: Reporting Transparency in Government Internet Web site. YES
SB 1391 - Income taxes: business tax incentives: reporting information and recapture YES
SB 1272 - Income and corporation taxes: credits: information and operative limitations YES
AB 1998 - Solid waste: single-use carryout bags. YES
2008 votes
AB 1946 - Water Quality Enforcement YES
AB 1946 - Water Quality Enforcement YES
AB 1946 - Water Quality Enforcement YES
AB 2279 - Medical Marijuana   Employment Discrimination YES
AB 2386 - Agricultural Employee Card Check YES
AB 2547 - Oil Spill Prevention and Response YES
AB 2648 - CTE
AB 2855 - CTE, Partnership Academies, Green Tech & Goods Movement
AB 2944 - Corporate Director's Duties YES
AB 2947 - Anti-Arbitration   Elder Abuse YES
AB 2969 - Medical Treatment Utilization Reviews YES
AB 437 - Employer Liability Expansion YES
SB 1113 - Attorneys Fees & Costs YES
SB 1115 - Permanent Disability Reports   Apportionment YES
SB 1161 - Cleanup of Petroleum Underground Storage Tanks
SB 1313 - Product Safety   Perfluorochemicals YES
SB 1338 - Pre-Designation of Physician YES
SB 1338 - Pre-Designation of Physician YES
SB 1608 - Disabled Persons: Equal Access Rights
SB 1717 - Permanent Partial Disability Benefits YES
SB 1762 - Climate Change Institute YES
SB 375 - Regional Planning YES
SB 974 - Port Container Fees YES
2007 votes
AB 1045 - Working Conditions YES
AB 1673 - Manufacturer's Rebates   Mandate YES
AB 8 - Health Care Coverage YES
SB 936 - Permanent Disability Schedule YES
SB 836 - Fair Employment   Familial Status YES
SB 836 - Fair Employment   Familial Status YES
SB 727 - Family Leave   Grandparents, Siblings and Grandchildren YES
AB 1108 - Phthalates in Children's Products
AB 537 - Family and Medical Leave YES
AB 1618 - Corporate Interest Expense Deduction YES
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Appropriations committees take up plastic bag ban, hundreds more bills - Aug. 14, 2014
Among the most high-profile measures, though, is the proposed plastic bag ban. It faces its first ...  Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee

Call For Statewide Plastic Bag Ban Renewed - Jan. 31, 2014
Less than a month after the city of Los Angeles implemented its ban on single-use plastic grocery ...   Staff in the EGP News

Prop. 39 energy retrofit funds heading to California schools (Oct. 16) - Oct. 17, 2013
State officials have directed $381 million to California schools to retrofit aging campuses for ...  Don Jergler in the Insurance Journal

California senator proposes $2-a-pack increase in cigarette tax - April 18, 2013
A California state lawmaker is proposing a new $2-a-pack increase in cigarette taxes to pay for ...  Torey Van Oot in the Sacramento Bee

Jerry Brown adviser kicks off manufacturing summit - March 27, 2013
Representatives from dozens of universities, economic development firms and manufacturing ...  Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee

CMTA Capitol Updates
Net neutrality bill moves forward

Senator Kevin De Leon’s (D-Los Angeles) bill to enact net neutrality in California, Jan. 29, 2018 update

Sexual harassment reform at center stage as Legislature returns

The breaking of silence last Fall concerning the "pervasive" culture of sexual ...  Jan. 5, 2018 update

Labor issues in play – retirement, overtime & unemployment

ALERT: Employers are NOT subject to Secure Choice mandate in ...  Jan. 6, 2017 update