The Deciders: Meet the lawmaker behind new gig economy law

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Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez launches CalMatters' new video series, "The Deciders," with a conversation about lawmaking, AB 5, social media and, well, more. 

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, a Democrat from San Diego, is among California’s more powerful state lawmakers and an ally of labor unions. This year, she led the fight to win new protections for gig workers, and won passage of a landmark workplace bill, AB 5.

To launch our new video series of political profiles, “The Deciders,” CalMatters reporter Laurel Rosenhall sat down with Gonzalez for a conversation about her role in the Capitol, her roots in the labor movement and her prolific tweeting.

Gonzalez offered insights on the difficulties of lawmaking, talked about the competing loyalties and social media pressures — and dropped a hint about who she wouldn’t marry.

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