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.  

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.

Senator Leyva serves as Democratic Caucus Chair of the California State Senate, as well as on the following committees:

·    Appropriations
·    Education
·    Energy, Utilities and Communications
·    Joint Legislative Audit
·    Rules
·    Transportation and Housing

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.

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 recent college graduate twins, Allie and Jessie.