Press Releases

December 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) today released this statement:

"The unexpected death of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee reminds us that life is too short and we need to make the most of our fleeting time on Earth. 

"Ed believed that and worked to achieve many great accomplishments throughout his life, including becoming the first Asian American mayor of one of America’s finest cities. A city, by the way, that was built by Chinese immigrants.

December 07, 2017

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement today:

 

"For nearly four years, it's been a profound honor to lead a unified, progressive and collaborative California State Senate.  Together, we've put the public interest over individual ambitions and made enduring progress on behalf of millions of Californians.

“Unfinished work remains - and so does our Senate's important tradition of seamless and peaceful leadership transitions.

December 04, 2017

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), leader of the California State Senate, author of the California Values Act (SB 54), and long-time immigrant rights advocate, released the following statement today:

December 02, 2017

“This tax plan is an insult to millions of Americans. After running a populist campaign appealing to the real frustration and economic insecurity of the middle class, the President and Republicans in Congress are pulling a classic bait and switch.  They are raising taxes for millions of working families so they can give the wealthiest Americans and multinational corporations massive tax breaks.

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:

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:

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.

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.                                                                                 

October 16, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. last night signed Senate Bill 5 (de León et al) into law, which places a roughly $4 billion general obligation bond measure on the June 2018 ballot.   Senate Bill 5 is the first bond measure in state history to focus on social equity, including access to parks for all Californians and targeting water and flood control investments to the areas with the most unmet needs.

October 10, 2017

SACRAMENTO – In a letter released today to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon vowed California “would not accept” federal policies that “tip the scale of justice” against victims of campus sexual violence.