Biography

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Holly J. Mitchell has served in California’s Legislature since 2011. She was elected in 2014 to represent the 30th Senate District, which stretches from Century City to South Los Angeles, and includes Culver City, Cheviot Hills, the Crenshaw District, USC, Downtown and a portion of Inglewood.

Senator Mitchell chairs the Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, and serves on the Senate’s Health, Insurance, Labor and Employment, Public Safety Committees and on the Joint Committee on Rules. She also founded the Senate Select Committee on Women and Inequality, and belongs to both the Black and Women’s Caucuses.

During her six years in the Legislature Ms. Mitchell has obtained passage into law of more than 50 bills. Her legislation seeks to improve human services, expand access to healthcare, secure women’s reproductive rights, protect the environment, end the trafficking of minors, defend the civil rights of minorities and the undocumented and, above all, reduce the numbers of children growing up in poverty.

Prior to becoming a legislator she headed California’s largest child and family development organization, Crystal Stairs, and worked for the Western Center on Law and Poverty. She is the proud mother of an inquisitive millennial.

Senator Mitchell has been recognized as the 2017 Lois DeBerry Scholar by Women in Government Leadership and has been designated “Legislator of the Year” by the Courage Campaign, UCLA’s Labor Center, the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project, the Sierra Club, the L.A. County Democratic Party, the Black Business Association, Community Coalition, Aging Services of California, the Miracle Mile and Culver City Democratic Clubs, the California Welfare Directors Association, Easter Seals and the United Cerebral Palsy Association.

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