President pro Tempore Emeritus of the California State Senate
Kevin de León is President pro Tempore Emeritus of the California State Senate. The the son of a single immigrant mother with a third grade education he rose from the San Diego barrio of Logan Heights to lead the California State Senate, the first Latino to do so in more than a century.
As leader of the California State Senate, he led the nation to establish landmark gun-safety legislation, clean-energy mandates, climate and environmental protections, and immigration reforms. He is the author of Senate Bill 54, the California Values Act, also known as the Sanctuary State Bill. Senator de Leon established the largest expansion of retirement security since the Social Security Act with the newly established CalSavers program. Most recently, Senator de León authored and passed Senate Bill 100 which legally mandates California, the fifth largest economy in the world, to achieve 100 percent clean-energy by the year 2045.
Before entering into politics, Senator de León served the public as a community organizer, taught U.S.citizenship courses and English as a second language, and advocated for public schools. He graduated with honors from Pitzer College at the Claremont Colleges. Senator de León is a Rodel Fellow at The Aspen Institute and has served as a lecturer at UC Berkeley, UCLA, Stanford, and USC before joining UCLA in February 2019 as a visiting professor. He has one daughter and a dog, whose name is Popeye.