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Lola Smallwood-Cuevas

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Senate Democrat

District 28, Los Angeles

Time in office

Senate: 2022—Present

Background

Educator / Community Organizer

Campaign contributions

Senator Lola Smallwood-Cuevas has taken at least $466,000 from the Labor sector since she was elected to the legislature. That represents 55% of her total campaign contributions.

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Capitol office

1021 O Street, Suite 6730, Sacramento, CA 95814-4900; (916) 651-4028

District office(s)

700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90037; (213)745-6656

Biographical information

Birth Place

South Carolina

Race/Ethnicity

African-American

Residence

Los Angeles, CA

Gender

Female

Born

January 13, 1970

Identifies as

Straight

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How this legislator voted in 2021-2022

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Campaign contributions received by sector

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This is how much money Lola Smallwood-Cuevas has taken from the various sectors since she was elected to the legislature.

Broad sector Amount Percent
Labor
$466,606 $466k 55%
Ideology/Single Issue
$43,920 $43k 5%
Government Agencies/Education/Other
$31,028 $31k 4%
Lawyers & Lobbyists
$23,519 $23k 3%
Health
$22,618 $22k 3%
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
$19,174 $19k 2%
Unitemized Contributions
$13,789 $13k 2%
General Business
$12,191 $12k 1%
Communications & Electronics
$9,347 $9k 1%
Candidate Contributions
$8,250 $8k <1%
Energy & Natural Resources
$2,500 $2k <1%
Agriculture
$259 $259 <1%
Transportation
$100 $100 <1%
Note: The above percentages might not add up to exactly 100% because we are not displaying any contributions that have not yet been classified.

Committees this legislator serves on

Being on a policy committee means the legislator works on these issues by considering bills relevant to the policy topic. The committee “chair” , chosen by the chamber leader, oversees the discussions of these bills. Members also serve on additional special, select, joint and sub committees, which can be found here.

Budget and Fiscal Review
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Oversees Senate consideration of the annual state budget including oversight of several budget subcommittees
Business, Professions and Economic Development
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Bills relating to most business and professional practices and regulations.
Education
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Bills relating to K12 education and higher education.
Labor, Public Employment and Retirement
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Bills relating to labor, industrial safety, unemployment, workers’ compensation and insurance, state and local public agency collective bargaining, state and local nonschool public employees, noncertificated and classified public school employees, public retirement systems, public employees’ compensation and employment benefits, including retirement and health care, and state social security administration.
Natural Resources and Water
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Bills relating to conservation and management of public resources, fish and wildlife, regulation of oil, mining, geothermal development, acid deposition, wetlands and lakes, global atmospheric effects, ocean and bay pollution, forestry practices, recreation, parks and historical resources.
Rules
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Responsible for matters relating to the business of the Legislature; assigning bills to committees

How special interest groups rate this legislator

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Senate District 28 demographics

Senate District 28 map
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Safe Democratic district

Next election: 2026

How to read these charts

District
State

Voter registration

Dem
65%
47%
GOP
8%
24%
No party
21%
23%

Census data on race/ethnicity, household income, age, poverty rate, and education level will be provided when available.

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Most recent election

2022 General
D

Lola Smallwood-Cuevas

Democratic
59.9%
D

Cheryl C. Turner

Democratic
40.1%

CalMatters coverage about this legislator

California Senate sings the budget blues

By Ben Christopher, January 19, 2023

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