LENA GONZALEZ was elected to the California State Senate in a special election in 2019 and re-elected in 2020. In the Senate, she has authored important legislation to strengthen workplace protections, eliminate the digital divide, expand paid sick leave, end neighborhood oil drilling, and ensure every community has clean air and safe drinking water.
Lena currently serves as Majority Whip, and she Chairs both the Senate Committee on Transportation and the Senate Select Committee on Ports and Goods Movement. She also serves on the following committees: Energy, Utilities and Communications; Environmental Quality; Health; Joint Committee on Legislative Audit and Joint Committee on Rules.
Prior to her election to the Senate, Lena served on the Long Beach City Council, where she worked to clean up the L.A. River, expand parks, and build affordable housing. She also previously worked at Microsoft where she led efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in the tech sector and helped underserved communities.
As a young mom, Lena worked her way through college at California State University, Long Beach, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science. She later earned a Master of Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University.
Lena and her husband, Adam, live in Long Beach with their three sons.