Welcome

Welcome to my legislative website. It is continuously updated so that you can stay informed about my activities as the representative for the 30th Senate District.

It is an honor to have this opportunity to serve my community. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any comments, questions or concerns that you may have with the district—or with your state government.

I hope that you find this website informative and that you return regularly to see what is happening in our community.

Holly Mitchell 
Representing the 30th District

Latest In the News

SF Chronicle: Rolling back the grand jury process for police cases makes sense

February 25, 2015

National protests against police brutality following the non-indictments of police officers after fatal encounters with unarmed men in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City continue to reverberate in many different ways. In California, the Legislature will soon consider SB227, a bill that would eliminate the use of criminal grand juries in cases of officer-involved shootings or excessive force by police officers that lead to the death of suspects.

SB227 is authored by state Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles. Mitchell says she’s concerned about how the secrecy of the grand jury process can fuel community distrust of law enforcement.

Source: http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Rolling-back-the-g...

Sacramento Bee: California senator says ‘welfare queen’ law must go

February 22, 2015

The law passed two decades ago, with Democrats in charge of the Legislature: In California, a family that conceives and births an additional child while on welfare is barred from getting an increase in its grant.

Sen. Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles, in her third attempt at abolishing the law, says it was based on the pejorative concept of the “welfare queen,” a woman who has babies while on welfare to collect more cash assistance. Instead of discouraging welfare recipients from having children, she said, it helped the state achieve the “dubious honor” of having the nation’s highest child poverty rate.

Source: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article1096...

Latest Press Releases

Holly J. Mitchell bill would eliminate Grand Jury in officer-related shootings

February 13, 2015

Says public trust requires a more open investigatory process when fatalities occur

Sacramento – Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) has introduced SB 227, a bill to prohibit the use of the criminal Grand Jury in cases of officer-involved shootings or in cases where excessive force used by an officer results in the death of a suspect.

Holly J. Mitchell to chair Senate Budget Subcommittee

January 07, 2015

Takes Health & Human Services gavel, remains in Senate Leadership

Sacramento – Following a sweeping victory in November’s election to represent California’s newly re-configured 30th Senate District, Holly J. Mitchell has been named Chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services by Senate President pro tem Kevin De Léon for the 2015-16 session. Recognized as a fiscal expert on the state’s social services programs following a three year stint chairing the Assembly’s health and human services budget subcommittee during a period of severe cuts compelled by the economic downturn, Mitchell is also regarded as a staunch advocate for the poor, especially children.

Latest In My Own Words

Statement on the Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

November 25, 2014

"I am deeply troubled by the Ferguson Grand Jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. But I am not surprised, indeed I doubt that few Americans are — and that is a tragedy almost as worrying, almost as painful as this death of yet another African American male at the hands of law enforcement in the United States.

SF Chronicle: It's a crime to automatically deny nursing certification

August 06, 2014

by Holly Mitchell and Natalie Lyons

The story of poverty in America is told by women and children. Nearly 70 percent of those who live on the economic fringes are young or female. Almost half of today's families rely on the mother's income. Yet so many women are shut out of jobs for one reason: They have a criminal conviction.

Source: http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/openforum/article/It-s-a-crime-to-automati...