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Holly J. Mitchell (born September 7, 1964) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Senate. She is a Democrat representing the 30th Senate District, which encompasses Culver City and parts of Los Angeles. She previously represented the 26th Senate District after replacing then-Senator Curren Price in a 2013 special election.

Holly Mitchell
Holly Mitchell at USC's Associates Park on January 19, 2013.jpg
Member of the California State Senate
from the 30th district
26th district (2013–2014)
Assumed office
September 26, 2013
Preceded byCurren Price
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 54th district
47th district (2010–2012)
In office
December 6, 2010 – September 26, 2013
Preceded byKaren Bass
Succeeded bySebastian Ridley-Thomas
Personal details
Born (1964-09-07) September 7, 1964 (age 54)
Los Angeles, California
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Alma materUniversity of California, Riverside
ProfessionNonprofit director

Mitchell is a member of the California Legislative Black Caucus. Prior to being elected to the State Senate, she served in the California State Assembly representing the 54th Assembly District.

Before her service in the Legislature, she served for seven years as executive director 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. Later that year, however, Politico reported that she, along with the subcommittee chair Laura Friedman and two other women in the legislature, had made campaign contributions of at least $2,500 each to Assembly colleague Cristina Garcia, who was at the time herself being investigated over allegations she had groped and lewdly propositioned two men in separate incidents in 2014.[1]

Mitchell told the website that since an initial investigation had found that while Garcia had made homophobic comments about former Assembly Speaker John Perez, for which his successor removed Garcia from all her committee assignments, the sexual harassment allegations could not be substantiated. "From my perspective ... she was cleared" she said, noting that Garcia had won a hotly contested primary election afterwards. An appeal from the complainant had reopened the investigation, but since that was an Assembly procedure that the state Senate had not adopted, she felt that was not her concern.[1]

Republicans had accused the Democratic women of hypocrisy as their counterparts nationally were demanding that the U.S. Senate hear from a woman who had accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school. But Mitchell denied the comparison, noting that Garcia's accusers had had a chance to be heard while Kavanaugh's had not.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Marinucci, Carla (September 23, 2018). "Top #MeToo lawmakers donate to colleague accused of harassment". Politico. Retrieved September 26, 2018.

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