Holly Mitchell

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Holly Mitchell
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Member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
from the 2nd district
Assumed office
December 6, 2020
Preceded byMark Ridley-Thomas
Member of the California Senate
from the 30th district
26th district (2013–2014)
In office
September 26, 2013 – December 6, 2020
Preceded byCurren Price
Succeeded bySydney Kamlager
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 56)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of California, Riverside (BA)

Holly J. Mitchell (born September 7, 1964) is an American politician currently serving as a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

A Democrat, Mitchell served as a State Senator for California's 30th senate district from 2013 to 2020, which is also part of Supervisorial District 2 and encompasses Culver City, Ladera Heights, Exposition Park, and parts of the Westmont, Florence, Crenshaw, Del Rey, Los Angeles Downtown 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.

Mitchell is a member of the California Legislative Black Caucus. 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.

Early career[edit]

Before working in the Legislature, she served for seven years as CEO of the nonprofit Crystal Stairs.[1] She also served as a Consultant to the Senate Health Committee, and as a legislative advocate for the Western Center on Law and Poverty.[citation needed]

California State Senate[edit]

In 2018, Mitchell 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. Mitchell was the first African-American to serve as Chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, overseeing the passage of state budgets totaling over $200 billion.[2]

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors[edit]

Mitchell faced Los Angeles City Councilmember Herb Wesson in the 2020 race for District 2 of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. She defeated Wesson by a wide margin. Her election to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2020 marks the first time the board is composed entirely of women.[3] Mitchell generated controversy when she said, "Law enforcement and the District Attorneys Association and the Sheriffs’ Association, who just when you look at who represents them in Sacramento, is clearly such White supremacist organizations."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Swann, Jennifer (2020). "After a Decade in Sacramento, Holly Mitchell is Ready to Take on Los Angeles". theLAnd. Retrieved 2021-03-03.
  2. ^ https://mitchell.lacounty.gov/supervisor-holly-j-mitchell/
  3. ^ Cosgrove, Jaclyn (2020-11-05). "L.A. County makes history with all female Board of Supervisors". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2021-03-03.
  4. ^ Ruiz, Michael (2021-03-31). "California Democrat suggests police, prosecutors and sheriffs groups are 'White supremacist organizations'". Fox News. Retrieved 2021-04-03.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Ridley-Thomas
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
2nd District

2020-present
Incumbent