U.S. Senate Applicant

Kevin de León

Currently: California State Senator
Party
Democrat

De León is running as a Democratic that represents the new face of California: multiracial, the child of immigrants, and offering an uncompromising brand of progressive politics. His views on immigration, healthcare, and the environment are ambitious and absolute. In the age of Donald Trump, de León is the candidate who champions resistance.

He grew up in San Diego, raised by a single mother—an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala who cleaned homes for a living. He is the first in his family to graduate from high school or college. Before joining the California Assembly, de León’s work history traces the ideological foundation of the modern Democratic Party in California: He taught English to immigrants; campaigned against Proposition 187, which would have denied public services to undocumented immigrants; and worked as a union organizer for the teachers’ union.

INTERESTS

  • Protecting the rights of undocumented immigrants
  • Environmental protection
  • Single-payer healthcare
  • Not cooperating with the Trump administration even a little bit

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

California State Senator  2010-Present

  • Served as president pro tempore, the ranking member of the state Senate, where he introduced California’s “sanctuary state” bill, which places tight restrictions on how state and local law enforcement officers can cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.
  • Wrote a bill still under consideration that would required California to get all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045
  • Co-chaired the campaign for Proposition 39 in 2012, which raised corporate income taxes on businesses that conduct business in California but which are located outside of the state.

ADDITIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Member, California Assembly
  • Organizer, California Teachers Association
  • English as a Second Language Teacher, One-Stop Immigration and Education Center

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

  • California Nurses Association
  • SEIU California
  • U.S Rep. Ro Khanna
  • State Sen. Toni Atkins
  • Tom Steyer

CONTACT INFORMATION:  www.kevindeleon.com  @kdeleon

The Resume of Kevin de León

“The days of Democrats biding our time, biting our tongue, and triangulating at the margins are over.”
Kevin de León

Data

How the U.S. Senate candidates are polling

Going Deeper

Steyer and de León: Climate soulmates

California Sen. Kevin de Leon and Tom Steyer at an awards ceremony in 2013. IMAGE BY CHARLEY GALLAY/GETTY IMAGES

Story

The Great Exception

Profile

The Former College Dropout Who Would Be Dianne Feinstein

Story

Lots of labor love for Kevin de León at the Democratic party convention

Editorial

Billionaire Democratic activist Tom Steyer endorses Kevin de León in his insurgent bid against Sen. Dianne Feinstein