Holly J. Mitchell to chair Senate Budget Subcommittee
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.
“The budget is California’s true value statement,” said Senator Mitchell. “Public policy becomes real only when the state puts its money where its mouth is. Crunching numbers in search of help for families in need is my mission.”
First elected to the state’s Legislature in 2010, Mitchell remains on the Senate’s official leadership team as a re-appointed member of its directing body, the Rules Committee. She also joins the Committees on Health, Insurance and Labor, as well as the Senate and Assembly’s Joint Legislative Budget Committee.
Previously Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, Mitchell last year founded and chaired the Senate’s Select Committee on Women and Inequality, which conducted several hearings that elicited recommendations for improving safety net services through budgetary policy.
Senator Mitchell garnered 67 percent of the vote in the November election, and represents nearly one million constituents in central and south Los Angeles.