In My Own Words

March 14, 2017

Sen. Holly J. Mitchell is a mom, state senator, and social justice advocate. Mitchell shares her story of how she uses her platform to be a champion for working families across the state of California. To listen to Mitchell, click HERE:


March 01, 2017


Reaction follows POTUS speech to Congress

In the wake of the President’s Tuesday address to a joint session of Congress, Sen. Holly J. Mitchell of Los Angeles, chair of the Senate Budget Committee, made several observations about the ‘disturbing’ possible impacts of federal cuts on state programs.

Listen to the Los Angeles Democrat’s comments by clicking here.

June 23, 2016


Written by Senator Holly. J. Mitchell

Imagine you are a small business owner. It’s the end of the day and you have your cash earnings in your car. You are on your way to deposit the money in your bank account. Several large orders came in and you’re thrilled to have several thousand dollars to deposit. On your way to the bank you are pulled over by local law enforcement. They claim you fit the profile of someone they’ve gotten a tip on.

July 11, 2015

It’s wrong for government to take a person’s property without a trial or conviction. The bounties have to stop as well: better to beef up law enforcement resources than to encourage officers to seize the assets of the innocent as well as the guilty.


May 07, 2015

By Holly J. Mitchell

We are at a critical juncture in terms of how we look at, implement and advocate for criminal and restorative justice. This reality plays out no more ominously than when a grand jury is called to evaluate a death resulting from shooting or the use of excessive force — and the accused is an officer. To the public which has witnessed these incidents, the outcome of a grand jury proceeding can seem inexplicable, and at worst, unjust.

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.

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.


August 04, 2014

by Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Women in California need and deserve comprehensive, state-of-the-art contraceptive coverage that ensures timely access to the birth control method that is best for them and their particular reproductive goals and medical needs.  Denying access to a birth control method of choice undermines women’s human right to reproductive autonomy and increases the risk of unintended pregnancy.

June 16, 2014

As the constitutional deadline for adopting California’s budget wound toward a close Sunday evening, freshman Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) cast her vote on the floor of the Senate, rising to make the following statement:

“Many of us stand on this floor and share our personal stories about humble beginnings...about our personal and professional commitment to children and working poor families.