CLSA Hosts Meet & Greet with Senator Connie Leyva

June 8, 2015

CLSA’s Sacramento team continues to organize meetings with key legislators and staffers for our members to discuss issues concerning the life sciences sector. On June 8, several CLSA members participated in a Meet & Greet with Senator Connie Leyva (D—Chino). Senator Leyva was elected in November of 2014 and represents the 20th district in Southern California. The district includes the cities and communities of Bloomington, Chino, Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Montclair, Muscoy, Ontario, Pomona, Rialto and San Bernardino.

CLSA members participate in a Meet & Greet with Senator Connie Leyva.
CLSA members participate in a Meet & Greet with Senator Connie Leyva.

Prior to joining the legislature, Sen. Leyva served as the President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1428. Senator Leyva announced that her primary focus in the legislature is to generate more jobs for Californians to support their families. She is deeply concerned with the health of the state and is working hard to create a robust economy to support a greater workforce.

CLSA members had the opportunity to have an in-depth discussion about the number of jobs and programs introduced and sustained by the state’s life sciences industry. Several CLSA members are sponsors to programs that promote STEM education in our schools.

Senator Leyva clearly understood the importance of the life sciences ecosystem and stated, “We don’t think globally enough in the healthcare system. We need to start thinking about the communities we’re living in and how we can continue to create systems that can sustain innovation and save lives.”