Senator Holly J. Mitchell was elected in 2013 to represent the 26th District in the State Senate, which includes Culver City and parts of the City and County of Los Angeles, including the communities of Beverlywood, Century City, Cheviot Hills, the Crenshaw District, Hancock Park, Hollywood, Koreatown, Ladera Heights, Larchmont Village, Los Feliz, Mid-Wilshire, Palms, Silver Lake, and portions of South Los Angeles.
Mitchell serves on the Senate Rules Committee, the managing body of the State Senate, as well as the Budget, Insurance and Public Safety Committees. She chairs California's Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) and the new Senate Select Committee on Women and Inequality and also belongs to the Women's Legislative Caucus. Mitchell previously represented the 54th District in the Assembly, where she chaired the Assembly's Budget Sub-committee #1 on Health & Human Services and the Select Committee on Foster Youth, and was a member of the Committees on Health, Insurance and Public Safety.
As the chief executive officer of Crystal Stairs for seven years prior to taking public office she championed statewide family-focused policymaking, while assuring access to quality affordable child care for 25,000 children and meeting a monthly payroll for hundreds of employees.
Previously Mitchell worked in the Los Angeles district office of State Senator Diane Watson. As a policy analyst for the California Senate's Health and Human Services Committee, she sought fiscally sound ways to expand health care and other vital services. As the legislative advocate of the Western Center for Law and Poverty she helped develop the groundbreaking Healthy Families program, later serving as executive director of the Black Women's Health Project in Los Angeles.
As mother of a teenager, Holly Mitchell understands the concerns of working families and advocates legislative policy to meet their needs. She seeks to improve the quality and accessibility of the state's health and education systems. She focuses on job creation and balancing business, human and environmental needs to expand economic opportunity while protecting natural resources.
Mitchell's commitment to community service and social justice began in elementary school when she volunteered in a congressional campaign that eventually led to student activism and a Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, following her undergraduate studies at the University of California at Riverside.