By Margie Joehnck

California Democratic Party’s Endorsee for US Senate


Kevin de Leon is the son of an immigrant single mother who was raised in a San Diego barrio. His mother was a housekeeper.

He was the first in his family to graduate from high school and college. Kevin attended UC Santa Barbara and graduated from Pitzer College in the Claremont Colleges with honors.

Before entering politics in 2006, he worked for National Educational Association and California Teachers Association. He was elected to the assembly in 2006, and the state senate in 2010 and served as president pro temp of the senate in 2014 through 2017.

He is a proven leader in environmental protection, housing, transportation and infrastructure, immigration policies, helping the working class, and championing women’s rights. For example, he authored, shepherded or was awarded the following during his years in public service:

Environmental Protection

  • SB 1275 rebate initiative to make electric cars available to middle class
  • SB 535 25% of cap and trade revenue dedicated to benefit low-income families
  • Co-chaired Prop39 2012 closing the tax loophole and creating $25 billion revenue funds for energy –efficiency upgrades

Housing, Transportation, and Infrastructure

  • Shepherded SB1 $5.4 Billion a year for road, freeway, bridge, and transit projects for the next 10 years
  • SB5 $4 billion for parks and flood control
  • “No Place Like Home” initiative securing $26 billion for construction and rehabilitation


  • SB 54 California Values Act prohibits state and local law enforcement agencies from resources to investigate, interrogate, detain, or arrest people for immigration purposes
  • Directed the attorney general to develop state policies to assist immigration and customs enforcement agencies
  • Led coalition to relieve serious problems faced by immigrants-wage theft, healthcare for children and driver’s licenses so immigrants can participate fully in our economy

Working Class

  • Lead negotiator with Governor Brown and the state’s unions to secure a $15 minimum wage
  • SB 1234 Secure Choice retirement savings program for private sector low income workers
  • Passed workers compensation reform that lowered business costs while preserving benefits

Women’s Advocate

  • Secured $50 million from the proposition 56 tobacco tax for increase in higher Medi-Cal reimbursement rates
  • Has a 100%voter recorder from Planned Parenthood and has received numerous awards
  • Passed first law in the nation to require affirmative consent, earning recognition from Marie Clair as one of the “ten biggest supporters of women’s rights in the U.S. government”
  • Magazine selected his “yes means yes” measure as the most significant legislative victory  on behalf of women for 2014

Public Safety & Negotiating the budget

  • SB 1235 background checks for everyone who applies for buys or sells ammunition
  • Budgets on time that paid down debt, funding relief for drought, invested in children, college students, and working families


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