New Legislator Spotlight: Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda)
May 16, 2019
In each issue of our CLSA Bulletin, we will highlight a member of California’s ten-member “freshman class” in the California State Assembly.
On behalf of our membership and California’s statewide life sciences community – a sector which employs over 311,000 Californians – California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) welcomes Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan. We look forward to working with Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan and her team to advance policies that improve patient health and bring positive change for California patients and their families.
Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan was elected in 2018 to serve the 16th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Dublin, Lafayette, Livermore, Orinda, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Danville, Alamo and Moraga.
Rebecca is an accomplished attorney, environmental advocate, community volunteer, law professor and mother. A Bay Area native, she has dedicated her career and personal time to improving our community, solving complex problems, protecting civil rights and fighting to ensure everyone has the opportunity to succeed.
As an attorney, Rebecca specialized in ensuring major corporations complied with environmental laws and regulations by leading internal investigations to improve their environmental practices, while maintaining profitability. She also worked with major tech companies on intellectual property cases, involving topics including copyright, trademark and trade secret theft.
Rebecca oversaw and grew her office’s pro bono program and, under her leadership, the office expanded their efforts to include civil rights, immigration, homelessness and domestic violence. She has also served on a number of boards and committees, helping attorneys throughout the Bay Area provide their services to those who desperately need them.
Rebecca is the granddaughter of refugees, who came to the United States to escape the Holocaust. Their experience has shaped Rebecca’s perspective, inspiring her to help others in her own community, including coordinating the legal services effort at SFO to assist refugees and immigrants impacted by the Trump Administration’s travel ban.
For the last several years, Rebecca has taught appellate law and legal research and writing at Santa Clara University and Golden Gate University. She is a product of Bay Area public schools and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University Law Center. Rebecca and her husband, Darren, live in Orinda with their three young children.
Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials
Privacy and Consumer Protection
Banking and Finance
Chair, Select Committee on Women’s Reproductive Health