Lorena Fletcher Gonzalez

Candidate's Website: https://www.votelorena.com/

Lorena Sofia Gonzalez Fletcher[1][2][3] (born September 16, 1971) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. A Democrat, she represents the 80th Assembly District, which encompasses southern San Diego. She was first elected to the Assembly in a 2013 special election to succeed Ben Hueso, who was elected to the State Senate in a special election.

Gonzalez successfully sponsored and passed multiple pieces of legislation in California aimed at increasing healthcare access and putting more protections in place for workers. In 2016, she helped raise the minimum wage in California, which will now increase by $1 each year until full implementation at $15 per hour in 2020. She introduced and is responsible for Assembly Bill 5, which passed in September 2019 and required many workers to be classified as employees rather than independent contractors, claiming it gave workers more protections under labor and minimum wage laws. [4][5]

In 2015, The Atlantic called her as “the California Democrat setting the national agenda.”[6] In December 2016, Politico Magazine named her one of its Top 50 “thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics.”[7]

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