SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez made Politico Magazine’s 50 “thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2016” list. The list was released Monday and ranked Gonzalez 35th.
Politico Magazine, which is published both online and bimonthly in print, covers American and international politics and policy.
According to the magazine, “Gonzalez might be the nation’s most ambitious progressive scientist." Since 2013, Gonzalez has represented the 80th district, which includes much of southern San Diego and is the southernmost district in the state.
Politico calls Gonzalez “the brain trust for California’s most ambitious policy ideas,” citing her authorship of California’s automatic voter registration law, her co-authoring of the state’s $15 an hour minimum wage law, sponsorship of the law requiring student vaccination and her efforts to close the gender pay gap.
However, the magazine states that “it’s Gonzalez’s trailblazing advocacy for mandatory paid sick leave that could make the biggest difference nationwide. In 2014, she wrote a law requiring every private-sector employer in California to provide paid sick days to employees—the first such state or federal law in U.S. history.”
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