Close the gap CA (ctgCA), a campaign to recruit progressive women to run for the California Legislature, turns five this month. “In our first five years, we have stopped the slide—after over a decade in sharp decline, the number of women serving in the Legislature is now climbing decisively,” said Executive Director Susannah Delano. She added, “in our next 10 years, we are committed to a full campaign for gender parity. California can and should lead the nation with a representative state legislature.”
(SACRAMENTO) - Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) took the oath of office to serve as the Assemblymember for the 39th Assembly District today in a special ceremony at the California State Capitol. The oath was administered by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. The 39th Assembly District incorporates the communities in and around Arleta, Lake View Terrace, Granada Hills, Mission Hills, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Sun Valley, Sunland-Tujunga, Sylmar and San Fernando.
"I'm ready to lead with the training of an engineer, the heart and passion of an educator, and the courage and instinct of a public servant."
Assemblymember Luz Rivas is an engineer, educator and public servant who has proven her dedication to ensure that every Californian has the opportunity to learn, prosper and succeed.
With a Bachelor's degree from MIT and a Master's from Harvard, Luz has focused on encouraging young girls to pursue careers in science, engineering and technology. The founder of DIY Girls, (a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping girls become interested in math and science), Luz has helped set thousands of young women on the path towards economic empowerment, independence and self-confidence.
Below are links to audio of Assemblymember Rivas and the entire swearing in ceremony (with remarks from Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon):
Remarks from Assemblymember Rivas immediately following the swearing in ceremony. (4:13)
Assemblymember Rivas says she’s ready to get to work. (:11)