During the 2015-2016 legislative session, Governor Brown signed 11 bills that I authored, including legislation to eliminate the statute of limitations on rape, permanentely extend overtime for domestic workers, require review of environmental justice impacts on local communities, protect communities from lead pipe dangers, improve career technical education, among others.
Elected to represent the 20th State Senate District on November 4, 2014, Senator Connie M. Leyva is serving her first term in the California State Senate. The district includes the cities and communities of Bloomington, Chino, Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Montclair, Muscoy, Ontario, Pomona, Rialto and San Bernardino.
As our State Senator, Senator Leyva is committed to improving California’s schools, environment and communities, as well as creating quality jobs throughout the 20th State Senate District and California. She firmly believes that California families benefit most when we invest in and help strengthen small businesses and other job drivers that create good paying jobs in our local communities.
During her first two years in office, Senator Leyva authored legislation signed into law to:
- end the statute of limitations on rape (SB 813)
- permanently extend overtime for domestic workers (SB 1015)
- require review of environmental justice impacts on local communities (SB 1000)
- help crime victims receive compensation (SB 651)
- protect communities from lead pipe dangers (SB 1398)
- improve career technical education at California community colleges (SB 66)
- protect financial security of seniors and their families (SB 426)
- expand educational services for homeless students (SB 1068)
- recover and reuse food waste as clean energy and fuels (SB 970)
- ensure stronger student voices on school boards (SB 532)
- extend career technical education course options for high school students (SB 1123)
Senator Leyva serves as Democratic Caucus Chair of the California State Senate, as well as on the Education, Elections and Constitutional Amendments, Health, Joint Legislative Audit, Public Employment and Retirement and Rules committees. She also currently serves on the Senate Select Committees on California-Mexico Cooperation, Manufactured Home Communities, Ports & Goods Movement and Women and Inequality: Strategies to Promote Opportunity.
A lifelong activist standing up for working people and families, Senator Leyva started working at her local Alpha Beta market as a senior in high school. She served as both Union Representative and President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1428, helping grocery workers gain a stronger voice for fair wages and benefits. Following in that tradition of community service and action to improve the lives of others, she was elected in 2004 as the first woman President of the California Labor Federation, representing more than 2.1 million workers throughout the state.
Raised in Chino, Senator Leyva has lived in the Inland Empire since she was a small child. She attended local schools and graduated from the University of Redlands with a bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders.
Senator Leyva and her husband Al live in Chino and are the proud parents of adult twin daughters, Allie and Jessie.