Legislator Interviews

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 […]
February 12, 2018

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 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. Some of Monique’s first events after she took office were two appointments workshops in Santa Barbara and Ventura, where […]

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