THE 15TH DISTRICT NEEDS EXPERIENCED LEADERSHIP
I am running for Congress because I believe that the people of the 15th Congressional District deserve a leader who is engaged, experienced, and accountable. I have been actively involved in public service for over 20 years in an around the district and I am acutely aware of the responsibility that comes with serving as an elected official. I served for six years on the City Council of San Leandro and in 1994 became the first woman directly elected to serve as Mayor. In 1998 I began my six year tenure in the State Assembly, and since 2006 I have served in the State Senate fighting to ensure equal rights, a clean environment, and safer communities for all Californians.
If elected to Congress I pledge to be your voice in Washington. Specifically, I will fight each day to:
TO PROMOTE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
While the economy is slowly beginning to improve, there is significant work still to be done. I authored legislation in the Senate to bolster the California economy, by creating the first ever “Made in California” program to promote the high-quality and innovative products made in our state. Going forward we must insure that we make necessary investments in programs to educate and train our workforce to be successful in a rapidly globalizing economy. As chair of the Senate Committee on Emerging Technology and Green Jobs I have focused on developing emerging technologies, many created in my district and supporting the growth of the green tech energy sector.
TO PROTECT OUR NATURAL RESOURCES
Throughout my career I have worked to protect our natural resources and to promote the growth of clean, energy efficient industries and technologies. I have authored legislation incentivizing the implementation of solar panels, requiring battery manufacturers to institute plans to deal with the recycling of their products, and establishing the infrastructure for vehicle charging stations. I hope to bring my expertise in this area to Washington in order to preserve our environment for future generations while encouraging the job growth that we so desperately need.
TO SECURE AND BOLSTER WOMEN’S RIGHTS
I will push back against the seemingly endless efforts to roll back the progress that generations of women before us have made. During my time in the State Legislature I passed legislation expanding the rights of victims of sexual harassment and sexual assault as well as voted in favor of expanding access to maternity leave and services. In 2011 I was awarded the Women of Achievement Award by the National Women’s Political Caucus of California. This year, I secured continued funding from the Violence Against Women Act to ensure that California women can get no costs forensic exams.
I grew up in the East Bay and was fortunate to attend local schools that have served me well throughout my career. After attending Chabot Community College and the California State University, East Bay I graduated from UC Davis and the McGeorge School of Law. I live in Hayward and hope to continue representing the region that I have served throughout my career.