Legislator Interviews

June 4, 2022

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 to mentor in her office and has multiple staff members who now serve in local elected office. The Senator also mentioned that she encourages her staff to get involved in non-profit service as a pathway to public service in elected and appointed office. Every year one of her staff members participates in the “Leading from […]
March 11, 2021

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 in a year unlike any other, Senator Limón relayed that open communication and clean handoffs, coupled with a majority of Limón’s State Assembly team transitioning with her, resulted in a smooth transition into her Senate seat, formerly held by Hannah-Beth Jackson. Digging in “One of the things that I’ve learned is that you respond to […]
February 4, 2021

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 a staff that reflects the diversity of our community – not only in terms of gender, but racial and ethnic diversity, as well as diversity of sexual orientation and identity. Sen. Jackson expressed a strong belief that diversity in experience brings richness to legislative and in-district work. This year, she continued to have women and […]
February 4, 2021

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 staff were in his office during the invasion and remained safe while observing the proceedings and news on office television. He assured us the FBI was investigating the failed coup attempt and extremists and white supremacists incited by the 45th President and his allies. 2020 Successes: Rep. Carbajal noted most of his bills made it […]
March 23, 2020

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, but also for people who have “that different experience,” because California is a state with a lot of diversity and “…it’s important to have all those voices heard.” Sen. Jackson has little opportunity to make appointments to boards or commissions. She serves on the state Commission on the Status of Women and has mentored several […]
February 6, 2020

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 now women. Not at parity, but at highest number for California yet. Staff diversity Staff changes every year but continues to be diverse in both gender and ethnicity. 4 out of the 5 of District 37 office positions are held by women. In Sacramento office, 6 out of 9 are women. Medicare for All Assemblywoman […]
February 6, 2020

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 hearings on important legislation and moving as many bills to the House floor as we can. Key Actions this Congress Child Care Cosponsor: HR 840 Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act Cosponsored HR 1364 – Child Care for Working Families Act (To amend the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 and the […]
February 6, 2020

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 of his staff. Fourteen of 17 staff members are women, and 7 of those 14 women are women of color. He has an internship program both in his DC and district offices and those have many women in them. In terms of legislative efforts, he pointed specifically to bills he has sponsored or supported regarding […]
January 25, 2019

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. It includes looking not just at women who want to run for office but also women who are interested in appointments and boards. I continue to encourage women by supporting them and writing letters of recommendation and acknowledging that they are at very different stages, where one size does not always fit all. [Interviewer: I […]
January 25, 2019

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 on Armed Services, he secured $1 million in Department of Defense grants for UCSB and CalPoly, ensured female service members have adequate body armor suited to fit their bodies and fought transgender discrimination in the military. He also pressed the Department of Defense to expedite legal resident status for immigrants serving in the military. Below […]
January 24, 2019

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 and support of Monique Limon, Kristin Sneddon, Cathy Murillo and other female candidates throughout the district. Please tell us about diversity on your staff and any changes that may have taken place this year, particularly as regards women and their roles. Senator Jackson shared that she has always had a woman in the position of […]
April 22, 2018

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 he’d shown signs of wear-and-tear, but instead he was energetic, enthusiastic, and anxious to talk about women’s issues and about the SBWPC. In fact, he began our conversation with, “Let me start by saying how appreciative I am of the SBWPC and the role you guys play. I think it’s invaluable, and I think you’re […]

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