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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.
|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|
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.
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.
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.
- Marinucci, Carla (September 23, 2018). "Top #MeToo lawmakers donate to colleague accused of harassment". Politico. Retrieved September 26, 2018.