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Kevin De Leon

California Senator
804,965 votes (12.1%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Move comprehensive immigration reform
  • Pass Medicare for All
  • Move a national clean energy plan



Profession:California Senator
California Senate President pro Tempore, California State Senate — Elected position (2010–current)
Assemblymember, California State Assembly — Elected position (2008–2010)


Senator de León is the son of a single immigrant mother who supported her family in the San Diego barrio of Logan Heights working as a housekeeper and other pick-up jobs. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school and college.


He attended U.C. Santa Barbara and graduated from Pitzer College at the Claremont Colleges with honors. He is a Rodel Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California. He has one daughter.


Before entering into politics, Kevin served the public as a community organizer, taught English as a Second Language and U.S. Citizenship, and advocated for public schools.


Working for both the National Education Association and the California Teachers Association, Kevin fought for additional funding for schools in low-income neighborhoods, more school construction, and health insurance for children. He fought against schemes to take funds from public schools through taxpayer-funded vouchers and academic censorship in public schools.


Senator de León was elected by his colleagues to lead the Senate in 2014, making him the first Latino to hold that position in over a century. Prior to that, Kevin served four years in the Assembly before his election to the Senate in 2010.


President pro Tempore of the California State Senate


Kevin de León has led the 40-member Senate body to historic accomplishments that will improve the lives of Californians and the state’s environment and economy for decades to come.


He has ushered a bold agenda to increase economic opportunity for all Californians with a focus on maintaining California’s global leadership role in fighting climate change and building a clean-energy economy, rebuilding our state’s infrastructure, public education, work-place and health-care, equity for women, immigrants and low-wage workers and public safety.


Through his ambitious approach to policymaking, Senator de León has authored groundbreaking legislation on a variety of issues that have become national models. The progress that has been made on critical issues confronting California and the nation stands in stark contrast to the gridlock in the U.S. Congress.


In many ways, Senator de León embodies the promise of America. From a childhood of poverty to community activism, to the upper echelon of the California Legislature, his respect and commitment to working families and the betterment of all Californians has never diminished.


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Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $2,388,163

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Emerson Collective and employees
Cordoba Corporation and employees
State of California and employees
Employees of Fahr LLC
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
Employees of Venbio Partners Llc

More information about contributions

By State:

California 88.16%
District of Columbia 3.74%
Massachusetts 2.44%
Hawaii 0.99%
Other 4.67%

By Size:

Large contributions (91.58%)
Small contributions (8.42%)

By Type:

From organizations (14.67%)
From individuals (85.33%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

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— May 9, 2018 Kevin de León for Senate

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