Sydney Kamlager has been a staunch advocate for environmental justice, climate action, and democracy as a California state senator, prioritizing racial justice, equity, and access.
Kamlager was motivated to work for Rebuild LA and the Los Angeles Festival after living in Los Angeles during the 1992 riots spurred by the Rodney King verdict. She later worked for the Social and Public Art Resource Center and as public affairs director for the nonprofit child care organization Crystal Stairs. In 2018, Kamlager was elected to the California Legislature, and in 2021 she won a special election to fill a seat in the California Senate. She is currently the only Black woman serving in the state Senate. She has introduced legislation to center racial justice and equity in California’s climate and environmental policies and advocated for passing a Green New Deal. She also co-authored bills to reduce plastic pollution by 75%, expand urban watershed protections, encourage electric vehicles, and improve regional air quality.
As a representative, Kamlager is committed to pushing California and the nation towards a clean energy future, mitigating air pollution that disproportionately harms low-income communities, preventing and suppressing fires, and working to increase equitable access to nature and green spaces.
Kamlager joins the U.S. House to fill the seat of former Representative Karen Bass, who was elected mayor of Los Angeles and earned an 89% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.
In her own words:
“Climate change is a multifaceted issue that needs everyone attacking it from every direction. I am fighting to build on bedrock environmental laws for wildlife and coastal protections; for a comprehensive Green New Deal, to get California on track to reach 100% renewable energy in 10 years or less; and to earmark budget support for fire prevention and suppression, as well as research on forest management.”
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