Kevin de LeonDemocratic
Born: December 10, 1966 in San Diego, CA
Previous: Senior Associate, National Education Association (NEA)
Previous: Human Rights Advocate, California Teachers Association (CTA)
2010-2014: Majority Caucus Chair, California State Senate
2012: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
2014-2018: President pro Tempore, California State Senate
2016: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
2020-Present: Member, Los Angeles City Council
2020: Proponent, Proposition 21 [Expand Rent Control Authority for Local Governments] (Failed; 40.1%)
2022: Primary Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles (Lost; 7.5%)
- LEGISLATION: Author of SB 1234 (2016) which requires all California companies with at least five employees to either offer their own retirement savings plan or enroll workers in the new California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program.
- LEGISLATION: Coauthor of SR 39 (2015) which found that "Presidential candidates including Donald Trump have unfairly demonized and falsely blamed undocumented immigrant families for a range of problems and challenges facing the United States" and "calls upon the State of California to divest from" and "private businesses and individuals throughout California to end all business ties with" Trump and his companies.
- LEGISLATION: Author of SR 16 (2017) which noted that President Donald J. Trump had displayed "immoral callousness", that his signing of an Executive Order "desecrates our American values and panders to fears and nativist instincts that have resulted in some of our nation’s most shameful acts" and that it was "an insult to the six million Jews who were exterminated by the Nazis."
- On October 9, 2022, an audio recording of a conversation between Los Angeles Labor Federation President Ron Herrera and Los Angeles Councilmembers Nury Martinez, Kevin de León, and Gil Cedillo was leaked. In the recorded conversation, a fellow councilmember's two-year-old Black son was called "a little monkey" and Martinez said that she wanted to give him a "beat-down." On October 10th, there were calls for the four to resign their positions by the California Democratic Party Statewide Officers, Sierra Club, Los Angeles Times, SEIU California, California NAACP, as well as the state legislative Black, LGTBQ, Jewish, AAPI, Latino, and Women’s caucuses. Herrera resigned as Labor Federation President on October 10th. Martinez resigned as President of the City Council on October 10th (but retained her position as a Councilmember). On October 11th, Martinez took a leave from the City Council. Also on the 11th, President Joe Biden called for the resignation of everyone involved in the recorded conversation. On October 12th, Martinez resigned from the council.
Source: California Legislature Handbook (2007-08)