Welcome to Senator Maria Elena Durazo

  • Empowering workers will always be at the heart of what we do
  • On the Senate floor with Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez presenting AB 5, which codifies landmark California Supreme Court decision to stop worker misclassification
  • During a special screening of Dora and the Lost City of Gold, community members from Senate District 24 were able to hold an Albino Burmese Python
  • Speaking to Fox40 in Sacramento about Health4All
  • At the NALEO Miami policy breakout sessions, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo and I featured best practices on raising the bar for immigrant workers
  • Humbled to receive the Women’s Foundation of California’s Visionary Award this year


September 03, 2021

I'm writing to you today about the Caltrans-owned properties in El Sereno and SB 51, legislation I co-authored with Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo that was recently signed into law by Governor Newsom.

November 05, 2019

La importancia del Censo 2020 y los latinos

Los latinos sumaron más del 50 por ciento del crecimiento poblacional en la última década, para el 2020 se espera que llegue a los 60 millones, sin embargo, debido al ambiente antiinmigrante, como el que se vivió con La Proposición 187, los esfuerzos se redoblan.

October 28, 2019

Hace un cuarto de siglo, los votantes de California aprobaron una proposición racista y abiertamente antilatina y antiinmigrante.

Press Releases

January 11, 2022
Senator Durazo Responds to #Health4All Inclusion in Governor Newsom's January Budget Proposal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - In response to California Governor Gavin Newsom's announcement that his January budget proposal includes coverage for all eligible undocumented Californians through Medi-Cal, State Senator María Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement:

September 28, 2021
SB 321, Senator Durazo’s Bill to Create Guidelines for Health & Safety for Domestic Workers, Signed by Governor Newsom

Governor Newsom has signed SB 321, the Health and Safety for All Workers Act, creating the first ever guidelines for health and safety for domestic workers in California.                        

September 27, 2021
Governor Newsom Signs Senator Durazo’s Bill SB 639 to Prohibit Paying Workers With Disabilities Less than the California Minimum Wage

Governor Newsom has signed State Senator María Elena Durazo’s (D-Los Angeles) SB 639 into law, which will phase out the use of the federal 14(c) certificate in California, and ultimately prohibit paying workers with disabilities less than the California minimum wage and transition workers with disabilities to competitive, integrated employment.

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