Jennifer Ann Oropeza (born September 27, 1957) is the California State Senator for the 28th district which includes the cities of Carson, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, and Torrance; the Los Angeles communities of Cheviot Hills, Del Aire, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, Lennox, Mar Vista, Marina del Rey, Palms, Playa del Rey, Rancho Park, San Pedro, West Los Angeles, Westchester, Wilmington and Venice; and part of the city of Long Beach. Events 489 - Odoacer attacks Theodoric at the Battle of Verona and is defeated again Year 1957 ( MCMLVII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar) The California State Senate is the upper house of the California State Legislature. Carson is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. El Segundo is also the name of a champion Australian racehorse Hermosa Beach is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Lomita is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Manhattan Beach is a city located in southwestern Los Angeles County California, USA. Redondo Beach is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Torrance is a city located in the " South Bay " (southwestern region of Los Angeles County California. Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West Cheviot Hills is a small residential district on the West Side of Los Angeles California. Del Aire is a Census-designated place (CDP in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Harbor City is a community within Los Angeles California. As of the 2000 census the city had a total population of 24640 The Harbor Gateway is a neighborhood in southern part of the city of Los Angeles California. Lennox is a Census-designated place (CDP in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Mar Vista is a district on the West Side of Los Angeles California. Marina del Rey is a seaside Unincorporated area of Los Angeles County California. Palms is a Neighborhood on the Westside of Los Angeles California, just north of Culver City. Playa del Rey ( Spanish for "Beach of the King" or "King's beach" is a beachside community within the city of Los Angeles California. Rancho Park is a small district in western Los Angeles California. San Pedro is a beach community within Los Angeles California, USA West Los Angeles is a district in Los Angeles California, within a larger region also called West Los Angeles but often referred to as the " Westside Westchester is a neighborhood in western part of Los Angeles California. Wilmington California is a neighborhood of Los Angeles, with industry as its primary economic activity Venice is a district in western Los Angeles California. It is known for its Canals Beaches and Circus -like Ocean Front Walk, Long Beach is a city located in southern California, USA, on the Pacific coast Oropeza was elected to her first term in the California State Senate in November 2006 and garnered 62 percent of the vote. The California State Senate is the upper house of the California State Legislature. She served in the California State Assembly for six years prior to that (2000-2006), In June of 2007, Oropeza ran for California's 37th Congressional seat in a special election following the death of Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald but Oropeza lost the primary to Laura Richardson. The California State Assembly is the Lower house of the California State Legislature. Juanita Millender-McDonald ( September 7, 1938 – April 22, 2007) was an American politician who served as a member of the Laura Richardson (born April 14, 1962 in Los Angeles California) is a Democratic Representative in the United States Congress For more information about this race see California's 37th congressional district special election, 2007. California's 37th congressional district special election 2007 was held on August 21, 2007 to replace the seat of Congresswomen Juanita Millender-McDonald Oropeza and Tom Mullins have been married since 1977.
Oropeza began her career in public service by serving two terms as student body president while majoring in Business Administration at California State University, Long Beach. In Business, administration consists of the performance or management of business operations and thus the making or implementing of major decisions California State University Long Beach (also known as Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach State, CSU Long Beach, CSULB, LBSU During that time, she was appointed by the governor to the Board of Trustees of the CSU system. Trustee is a Legal term that refers to a holder of property on behalf of a beneficiary.
Oropeza was a member of the Long Beach School Board from 1988 to 1994. Oropeza helped create the policies and programs that turned around the Long Beach School District. Today the district, which was awarded the 2003 Broad Prize for Urban Education, is nationally recognized as a model for reform and academic success. Oropeza led the effort to close the achievement gap and focus resources on underserved communities. She worked to create the highly regarded and innovative International School in her district, as a joint use project with the city.
In 1994, she was elected the first Latina member of the Long Beach City Council and won re-election in 1998. As City Council member, Jenny Oropeza helped revitalize Long Beach’s historic downtown, which was reeling from massive cutbacks in the aerospace industry and the closing of the Naval Shipyard. Jenny brought mixed-use loft housing, quality restaurants and vibrant retail to downtown, and strengthened Long Beach’s tourism and trade industries. She fought to give residents the right to challenge alcohol licenses and created the first new park in her city in over three decades.
As an MTA board member from 1996 through 2000, Oropeza represented southeast cities of Los Angeles County and served on MTA’s Planning and Programming and Construction committees. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (also known as Metro MTA or LACMTA) is the state chartered regional transportation planning and Public transportation Los Angeles County is a county in California and is by far the most populous county in the United States. While with the MTA, she also chaired the Goods Movement Committee of the Southern California Association of Governments.
Oropeza was a member of the California State Assembly from 2000 to 2006 for district 55. The California State Assembly is the Lower house of the California State Legislature. In January 2002, with barely a year's experience in the Assembly, Oropeza was named chair of the Assembly Budget Committee — on the eve of the worst deficit in California history. She served two years leading one of the toughest committees in the Legislature.
From 2004 to 2006, Oropeza chaired the powerful Assembly Transportation Committee. From that post, Oropeza, who served five years on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board, fought to improve highway and transit-funding policies.
She is past Vice Chair of the dual-house Latino Caucus. In 2005, the League of California City’s Latino Caucus named her Legislator of the Year; in 2006, the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters awarded her the Smith-Weiss Environmental Champion Award for her work on issues from air pollution and cancer prevention to radiation and environmental advocacy. The League of Conservation Voters (LCV is a political advocacy organization that was founded in 1969 by American Environmentalist David Brower.
Oropeza has long supported transportation improvements, including Proposition 42 in 2002, which sought to dedicate a portion of gasoline taxes toward construction. She also has a proven record working with government agencies to solve long-standing transportation problems, such as improved grade crossings and safety improvements in her district.
On June 6, 2006, Oropeza won a very close Democratic primary against former Assembly member George Nakano. George Nakano served as a California State Assemblyman from 1998 until 2004 Oropeza was endorsed by the California Democratic Party and the California League of Conservation Voters . The California Democratic Party is the local branch of the Democratic Party in the state of California. California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. The League of Conservation Voters (LCV is a political advocacy organization that was founded in 1969 by American Environmentalist David Brower. Nakano was endorsed by US Congresswoman Jane Harman and California Assemblyman Ted Lieu . The United States Congress is the bicameral Legislature of the federal government of the United States of America, consisting of two houses Jane Harman is also a pseudonym of the British author Terry Harknett. Ted Lieu ( has been a California State Assemblyman since September 2005 when he was elected to the seat following the death of incumbent Oropeza captured 52. 8% of the vote to Nakano's 47. 2% .
Oropeza chairs the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee and is a member of the Appropriations; Transportation; and Elections, Reapportionment and Constitutional Amendments Committees. She also chairs the select committees on Integrity of Elections and Public Health and the Environment and is a member of the Select Committees on the Alameda Corridor and Asian Pacific Affairs. In addition, she is a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Fiscal Oversight and Bonded Indebtedness, the Senate Subcommittee on California Ports and Goods Movement, as well as the Streamlined Sales Tax Project board of governance and the Commission on the Status of Women. As one of 26 Latinos in the Legislature, Oropeza chairs the California Latino Caucus Policy Committee on Environmental Justice.
Open election to the State Senate, Oropeza introduced 24 bills. The policy areas ranged from preventing smoking in cars while minors are present (SB 7) to increasing the efforts of the California State Controller to contact the owners of unclaimed property (SB 920). The State Controller is the Chief Financial Officer of the State of California in the United States. Oropeza also introduced legislation in the areas of local sales, massage therapy, teacher credentialing, and air pollution in ports.
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