Biography

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 three years in office, Senator Leyva authored legislation signed into law to:

  • eliminate the statute of limitations on rape (SB 813)
  • permanently extend overtime for domestic workers (SB 1015)
  • protect human trafficking victims (SB 597)
  • require review of environmental justice impacts on local communities (SB 1000)
  • criminalize sextortion and protect minors and young women (SB 500)
  • help crime victims receive compensation (SB 651)
  • protect communities from lead pipe dangers (SB 1398)
  • remove lead water service lines in local communities (SB 427)
  • allow blood transport vehicles to use high occupancy vehicle lanes (SB 406)
  • improve career technical education at California community colleges (SB 66)
  • protect mobile home sellers upon sale of their home (SB 542)
  • enable student board members to make informed decisions (SB 468)
  • protect financial security of seniors and their families (SB 426)
  • expand educational services for homeless students (SB 1068)
  • increase access to affordable housing programs for mobile home residents (SB 329)
  • recover and reuse food waste as clean energy and fuels (SB 970)
  • ensure stronger student voices on school boards (SB 532)
  • help mobile home park residents stay in their homes (SB 136)
  • extend career technical education course options for high school students (SB 1123)
  • ensure free access to medical records for low income residents applying to aid programs (SB 575)

Senator Leyva serves as Democratic Caucus Chair of the California State Senate, as well as on the Education, Elections and Constitutional Amendments, Health, Public Employment and Retirement and Rules committees.  She also currently serves on the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and 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.