New Legislator Spotlight: State Senator Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach)
Sept. 22, 2019
In each issue of our CLSA Bulletin, we will highlight a member of California’s “freshman class” in the California State Senate.
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 Senator Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach). We look forward to working with Senator Gonzalez and her team to advance policies that improve patient health and bring positive change for California patients and their families.
Official Senate Biography
Senator Lena A. Gonzalez was elected to the State Senate to represent the 33rd District in June of 2019. Growing up in a working-class family where her father was a truck driver and her mother worked in aerospace, Senator Gonzalez learned the value of hard work and dedication.
Prior to being elected to the Senate, Gonzalez served on the Long Beach City Council from 2014-2019. On the Council Gonzalez tackled issues such as banning the use of expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) in local restaurants, creating over 200 new parking spaces, protecting local businesses through increased access to contracts and bids, and ensuring the City of Long Beach took steps to combat and address homelessness.
Gonzalez also worked in the private sector for Microsoft, leading civic engagement investments for the Los Angeles region. Her focus was on expanding diversity and inclusion in the tech sector by providing grants to non-profit organizations and digital skills programs for underserved communities, to include: unemployed adults seeking job training and creating career pathways for youth, especially supporting young girls of color in STEM.
In the Senate Gonzalez will prioritize creating economic opportunity for all families and children in SD 33. Gonzalez wants to create jobs, promote quality education, address the crisis in affordable housing and homelessness, protect our environment and attract innovation to SD 33. Senator Gonzalez sits on the Senate Health Committee, Senate Judiciary Committee and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.
Senator Gonzalez lives in downtown Long Beach with her partner Adam and their three sons Zorion, Ethan and Luca. Gonzalez graduated with her B.A. in Political Science from California State University Long Beach and MBA from Loyola Marymount University.
Joint Legislative Audit Committee