Press Release
Friday, November 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO Today, California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) announced that, effective immediately, the Senate will be undertaking the following steps to further increase the safety of its employees, to protect victims of sexual abuse and harassment as well as whistleblowers and to increase public confidence:

Media Clips
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, who arrived before Gov. Jerry Brown for a Vatican climate event organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, dined on Thursday with Argentinian Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, who helped put together Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on the environment.

De León, previewing the speech he will give today, said he will highlight his Senate Bill 535, which directs a quarter of the proceeds from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to projects that benefit disadvantaged communities.

Press Release
Sunday, November 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Members of the California State Senate Rules Committee — Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto), Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) and Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) released the following statement today:

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October 31, 2017

Monday, November 06, 2017

Last week, federal immigration officers in Texas stopped an ambulance at a Border Patrol checkpoint and followed the ten-year-old patient inside—Rosa Maria Hernandez, an undocumented immigrant with cerebral palsy—to the hospital, where she had an emergency gall bladder operation.

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November 3, 2017

Monday, November 06, 2017

Kevin de León, in a speech to world-renowned climate scientists at the Vatican, assailed the “fake news and alternative facts spewing out of Washington” in arguing that California’s economy is thriving in large part because of its emphasis on enacting sweeping environmental legislation.

“We are not going to allow one election to reverse generations of progress – at the height of our historic diversity, scientific advancement, economic output, and sense of global responsibility,” de León, leader of California’s Senate, said.

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November 3, 2017

Monday, November 06, 2017

Pope Francis might support the fight against global warming, but he hasn’t been a fan of cap-and-trade programs like the one in California, which was extended in July by state lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown. 

“It may simply become a ploy which permits maintaining the excessive consumption of some countries and sectors,” he wrote in 2015.

Media Clips

November 6, 2017

Monday, November 06, 2017

Jerry Brown’s father was the 32nd governor of California. Kevin de León didn’t know his father at all.

Yet they are California leaders working on an issue both see as the most pressing of our time, speaking over the weekend on climate change at the home of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

De León, “humbled” to address renowned climate scientists in the shadow of St. Peter’s Basilica, confronted Pope Francis’ apparent criticisms of cap-and-trade systems as benefiting moneyed interests.

Media Advisory
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

SACRAMENTO – At the invitation of Pope Francis’ Pontifical Academy of Sciences, California State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) will address international leaders and experts at the Health of People, Health of Planet Workshop at the Vatican this Friday.

Press Release
Monday, October 23, 2017

SACRAMENTO – California State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) today released the following statement in response to recent reports of sexual harassment and assault in the Capitol community:

“Today the state Senate announced the hiring of two independent firms in response to the reports of a pervasive culture of sexual harassment in the Capitol community.

Press Release
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement following the United States Senate Health Committee announcement on a bipartisan healthcare deal:

“This is a short-term but imperative step to stop President Trump’s destructive dismantling of America’s healthcare.