Legislator Interviews

Senator Monique Limon: 2021 Legislative Wrap-Up and A Look Ahead at 2022

Senator Monique Limon: 2021 Legislative Wrap-Up and A Look Ahead at 2022 December 1, 2021 (via zoom) Interviewers: Sabrina Ashjian, Dr. Rachel Aarons Mentoring and Staff Diversity: Sen. Limon shared that her former boss and one of her mentors was former SBWPC President Beth Schneider, who modeled what mentoring someone in your workplace looked like. As a result of that experience, she has gone on…

SBWPB L&A Committee Interview with Sen. Monique Limón

Conducted on January 15, 2021 by Molly Morrison and Anna DiStefano “There’s a lot to do.” – Senator Limón Despite having 2020 now behind us, new challenges and opportunities await elected officials globally. The California Senate session already began turbulently with FBI security warnings at the time of the presidential transition, but California State Senator Monique Limón is hitting the ground running. Despite being elected…

Interview with Hannah Beth Jackson

December 16, 2020 (Via ZOOM) Interviewers: Jeany Elson, Leslie McGorman, and Leslie Brtek, Legislation & Advocacy Committee SBWPC interviewers conducted this interview after Sen. Hannah Beth Jackson had retired, so we began our conversation by extending gratitude for her years of service and her distinguished legacy. (Senate staffer Lysa Markey helped facilitate the scheduling.) Mentoring and Staff Diversity: As in years past, Sen. Jackson prioritized achieving…

2020 Interview with Congressmember Carbajal

Interviewers: Lucille Boss, Laura Piña, Leslie BrtekJanuary 20, 2021 This interview took place the day after the Biden-Harris inauguration, just two weeks following the invasion of the Capitol building. Members of Congress had been encouraged to stay in their offices unless part of the certification process on January 6, 2021 in order to maintain physical distancing protocols due to COVID-19. Rep. Carbajal, his wife, and…

Interview with Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson January 2020

Interviewers: Yvonne DeGraw, Kenia Guinto, Leslie Brtek, Legislation & Advocacy Committee The interview started with SBWPC interviewers expressing gratitude for Sen. Jackson’s many years of advocacy for women. Mentoring and staff diversity: Sen. Jackson has always had a female chief of staff and her legislative director is a woman. Her staff has always had racial, ethnic, and LGBTQ diversity. She looks for the best person,…

Monique Limon Interview – Nov. 18, 2019

Interviewed by Karen Cahill and Laura Cardenas Mentoring of women in the political process Assemblywoman Limón was elected Vice Chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus. Hosted appointment workshops for state boards and commissions focusing on getting more women appointed. Monique makes herself available to present to women in leadership on how to pursue a path like hers. 38 out of 120 members of Congress are…

Congressman Carbajal’s Legislation

Congressman Carbajal’s Legislation Bipartisan Sponsorships: 17 bills sponsored, 8 are bipartisan Feminist issues remain a top priority. With the Democratic majority in the House, we have been able to make significant gains and also block Republican attacks on the issues we care about. Unfortunately, the Senate remains a roadblock to getting pro-active bills to the President’s desk, though that is not stopping us from conducting…

SBWPC Interview with Congressman Salud Carbajal – 2019

On October 25, 2019, Lucille Boss and Anna DiStefano of the SBWPC’s Legislative & Advocacy Committee met with Congressman Salud Carbajal to review and discuss his work during the past year. Congressman Carbajal began the meeting by sharing an eight-page summary of his legislative work this past year. The hour-long discussion that ensued was free-flowing, cordial, and frank. The Congressman expressed pleasure with the diversity…

SBWPC Interview with Assemblymember Monique Limón – October 24, 2018

This interview took place on October 24th, 2018 and has been edited for clarity and brevity. Please update us on your mentoring of women to participate in the political process since our last interview a year ago. (e.g., appointments to boards or commissions, encouragement to run for office) My mentoring for women continues to be on par with what I have done in previous years….

SBWPC Interview with U.S. Congressman Salud Carbajal – December 3, 2018

Laurie Tumbler and Beverly Herbert INTRODUCTON: Representative Carbajal was enthusiastic and anxious to share his accomplishments in his first term. He sponsored 17 bills and co-sponsored over 300 bills, of which over 50% were bipartisan. He secured $2.4 billion to help fight and prevent forest fires and secured funding for 24 Blackhawk helicopters used in fighting wild fires. As a member of the House Committee…

SBWPC Interview with Senator Hannah Beth Jackson – October 11, 2018

Maya Upton and Karen Cahill, interviewers Please update us on your mentoring of women to participate in the political process since our last interview a year ago. (e.g., appointments to boards or commissions, encouragement to run for office) Senator Jackson told us that she has always mentored women across her offices. She spoke about her broad and far-reaching support of many women, including her endorsement…

Interview with Congressman Salud Carbajal

Pam Flynt Tambo and Karen Fields interviewed 24th District Congressman Salud Carbajal on Saturday, February 10th. This is a summary of their conversation. — Salud Carbajal hasn’t gotten much sleep lately. We caught up with him after he’d participated in a late night vote in Congress followed by a red-eye flight from D.C to Santa Barbara. It would have been easy to forgive him if…

Interview with Assemblymember Monique Limón

Monique is the representative of CA district 37, which extends from Santa Ynez to Santa Paula and includes both red and blue regions. District 37 is also 40% Latino and contains a lot of heavily agricultural areas. 1. Please describe your activities or involvement in mentoring women to participate in the political process. (Examples: appointments to boards or commissions, encouragement to run for office) Monique…

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Interviews with
State Senator Hanna Beth Jackson
2015, 2016

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Interviews with
State Assembly Member Das Williams
2015, 2016

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Interview with
Congresswoman Lois Capps

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