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Senator Lena A. Gonzalez
California State Senate

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Senator Lena A. Gonzalez was elected to the California State Senate to represent the 33rd District in June of 2019. Growing up in a working-class family where her father was a truck driver and her mother worked in aerospace, Senator Gonzalez learned the value of hard work and dedication.

Prior to being elected to the Senate, Gonzalez served on the Long Beach City Council from 2014-2019. On the Council, Gonzalez tackled issues such as banning the use of expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) in local restaurants, creating more than 200 new parking spaces, protecting local businesses through increased access to contracts and bids, and ensuring the City of Long Beach took steps to combat and address homelessness.

Gonzalez also worked in the private sector for Microsoft, leading civic engagement investments for the Los Angeles region. Her focus was on expanding diversity and inclusion in the tech sector by providing grants to non-profit organizations and digital skills programs for underserved communities. 

In the Senate, Gonzalez will prioritize creating economic opportunity for all families and children in SD 33. Gonzalez wants to create jobs, promote quality education, address the crisis in affordable housing and homelessness, protect our environment and attract innovation to SD 33. Senator Gonzalez sits on the Senate Health Committee, Senate Judiciary Committee and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. Senator Gonzalez lives in downtown Long Beach with her husband, Adam, and their three sons, Zorion, Ethan and Luca. Gonzalez graduated with her B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach, and MBA from Loyola Marymount University.