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Holly J. Mitchell (born September 7, 1964) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Legislature and a candidate in the 2020 election to represent District 2 on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Mitchell is a Democrat and State Senator for California's 30th Senate District, which is also part of Supervisorial District 2 and encompasses Culver City, Ladera Heights, Exposition Park, and parts of the Westmont, Crenshaw, Downtown, and Florence neighborhoods of Los Angeles. She previously represented the 26th Senate District after replacing then-Senator Curren Price in a 2013 special election. Prior to being elected to the State Senate, she served in the California State Assembly representing the 54th Assembly District. She is also a member of the California Legislative Black Caucus.
|Member of the California State Senate|
from the 30th district
26th district (2013–2014)
|Assumed office |
September 26, 2013
|Preceded by||Curren Price|
|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 54th district
47th district (2010–2012)
December 6, 2010 – September 26, 2013
|Preceded by||Karen Bass|
|Succeeded by||Sebastian Ridley-Thomas|
|Born||September 7, 1964|
Los Angeles, California
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
|Alma mater||University of California, Riverside|
In 2016 Mitchell became the first African American to Chair the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, where she has overseen the passage and adoption of two consecutive state budgets -- each totaling $200 billion dollars. Currently as budget chair for the fifth largest economy in the world, Mitchell has worked to pass an inclusive budget that ensures funding for: elementary and college students, health-care systems, childcare services, and programs to assist: unhoused residents, infants, the elderly and working families.
Mitchell is one of Los Angeles's most effective representatives, having worked to pass nearly 70 bills in the legislature to protect and advance California’s values. Her work in Sacramento provides real solutions for the nearly one million residents she serves. Mitchell's notable legislative wins include: passing the #EqualityandJustice package of 10 criminal justice reform bills, transitional housing placement for foster youth to help prevent youth homelessness and extended access to mental health care services for our most vulnerable residents.
Before her service in the Legislature, she served for seven years as CEO of the nonprofit Crystal Stairs, one of the largest childcare agencies in the state. She also served as a Consultant to the Senate Health Committee, and as a legislative advocate for the Western Center on Law and Poverty.
In 2018, she was named vice chair of the Joint Legislative Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response, formed in response to the #MeToo movement and several instances where accusations had forced some lawmakers to resign.