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Lola Smallwood-Cuevas


Senate Democrat

District 28, Los Angeles

Time in office

Senate: 2022—Present


Educator / Community Organizer

Campaign contributions

Senator Lola Smallwood-Cuevas has taken at least $560,000 from the Labor sector since she was elected to the legislature. That represents 54% 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 Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037; (213) 745-6656

3870 Crenshaw Boulvard, Suite 229/230, Los Angeles, CA 90008; (323) 291-0311

Biographical information

Birth Place

South Carolina




Los Angeles, CA




January 13, 1970

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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
$560,306 $560k 54%
Ideology/Single Issue
$52,320 $52k 5%
Government Agencies/Education/Other
$43,728 $43k 4%
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
$32,174 $32k 3%
Lawyers & Lobbyists
$26,955 $26k 3%
$24,368 $24k 2%
General Business
$21,191 $21k 2%
Unitemized Contributions
$14,432 $14k 1%
Candidate Contributions
$13,850 $13k 1%
Energy & Natural Resources
$10,900 $10k 1%
Communications & Electronics
$9,705 $9k <1%
$2,759 $2k <1%
$2,100 $2k <1%
$52 $52 <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.
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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.
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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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California Chamber of Commerce
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The California Chamber of Commerce includes an advocacy arm for employers. It says it has more than 14,000 members representing a quarter of the state’s private sector workforce, and it issues an annual “job killer” list of bills.
California Teachers Association
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The California Teachers Association is a labor organization representing teachers and other employees at K-12 schools and community colleges. With 310,000 members, it is the largest affiliate of the National Education Association.
Sierra Club
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The Sierra Club has 13 chapters with more than 400,000 members in California and advocates on environmental and climate change issues.

Sponsored travel in 2022

Gifts reported in 2022

Senate District 28 demographics

Senate District 28 map

Safe Democratic district

Next election: 2026

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Voter registration

No party

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

Lola Smallwood-Cuevas


Cheryl C. Turner


CalMatters coverage about this legislator

California grocery workers fear merger layoffs. Newsom vetoes bill that would have paid severance

By Alejandra Reyes-Velarde, October 11, 2023

California lawmakers want to tax guns and ammo

By Lynn La, September 8, 2023

The high price of California state worker contracts

By Lynn La, August 31, 2023

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