The Honorable Holly J. Mitchell has served in California’s Legislature since 2011 and was elected in 2014 to represent the 30th Senate District, which includes the communities of Century City, Cheviot Hills, the Crenshaw District, Ladera Heights, Mid-City, Palms, USC, L.A. Live and the Fashion District in Downtown, Westmont, Culver City and portions of South Los Angeles.
Policy efforts and legislative accomplishments include:
- Expanded and protected access to contraception
- Twice carried the bill to put a moratorium on “fracking” in CA
- Caylee’s Law – parent/guardian must promptly report a missing child
- Laws to prevent, prosecute and punish sex trafficking of minors
- Set same penalties for crack as for powder cocaine possession
- “Health Homes” – alternative care services for frequent hospital ER users
- Ongoing push to repeal maximum family grant limit for poor families
- “Hands on” UCLA training of foreign med grads in return for community service
- “Mitchell Plan” helped secure 5% benefits increase for CA’s poorest families
Mitchell, known for a focus on reducing poverty, chairs Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health & Human Services and belongs to the Senate’s official leadership as a member of its governing body, the Rules Committee, also serving on the Health, Insurance and Labor Committees. She founded the Senate Select Committee on Women and Inequality, and is a member of the Democratic, Black and Women’s Caucuses. Mitchell previously represented the 47th and 54th District in the Assembly, where she also chaired the Budget Subcommittee on Health & Human Services, as well as the Select Committee on Foster Youth.
Previously Mitchell was a field deputy in the Los Angeles district office of State Senator Diane Watson. As a policy analyst for the California Senate's Health and Human Services Committee she sought fiscally sound ways to expand vital services. As legislative advocate of the Western Center for Law and Poverty she helped develop the groundbreaking Healthy Families program, later serving as executive director of the Black Women's Health Project in Los Angeles.
Mitchell's commitment to community service and social justice began in elementary school when she volunteered in a congressional campaign. That led to student activism and a Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs following her undergraduate studies at UC Riverside.
As the chief executive officer of Crystal Stairs for seven years prior to taking public office she championed statewide family-focused policymaking.
As the mother of a teenager, Holly Mitchell understands the concerns of working families and advocates legislative policy to meet their needs. She seeks to improve the quality and accessibility of the state's health and education systems. She focuses on job creation and balancing business, human and environmental needs to expand economic opportunity while protecting natural resources.