A Champion for Californians
Laura Friedman is the assemblymember for California’s 44th Assembly District, where she has served since being elected in 2016 with the full support of EMILYs List. Friedman has lived in Southern California for over 30 years and previously worked as a film and television executive and producer. She was first elected to public office as a member of the Glendale City Council in 2009, and went on to serve as Glendale’s mayor. In the state Assembly, Friedman currently serves as the chair of the Assembly Committee on Transportation, the Assembly Select Committee on Biodiversity, and the bicameral Environmental Caucus, as well as the policy chair of the Progressive Caucus. If elected, Friedman would be the first woman to hold this seat. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester, New York and resides in Glendale.
A Strong Pro-Choice Leader
Friedman’s work in elected office has been focused on affordable housing, addressing homelessness, and protecting vulnerable communities. She has authored multiple bills to make affordable housing more accessible, support foster youth, and address the climate crisis by protecting water resources and improving the state’s response to wildfires. She is also passionate about ending gun violence and succeeded in banning gun shows from being held on Glendale city property, including near schools. Friedman has been a longtime champion of reproductive freedom, served as the chair of the Joint Rules Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response, and coauthored SCA 10, the state’s constitutional amendment to protect the fundamental right to choose abortion and contraceptives.
A Seat to Defend
Friedman is running to replace Rep. Adam Schiff, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Dianne Feinstein. California’s 30th Congressional District has a strong record of being represented by Democratic pro-choice leaders who are committed to protecting our fundamental reproductive rights, and electing Laura Friedman will ensure the continuation of that record. Let’s show her the enthusiastic support of the EMILYs List community and vote her into office in 2024.