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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 43

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Laura Friedman

Member of the State Assembly
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Environment – During my first term, I authored bills to protect our vulnerable public lands from development, shield our wild and scenic rivers from threats at the federal level, and establish water efficiency standards for a more sustainable future.
  • Social Justice – I’ve authored bills to increase health care affordability, restore critical aid for foster youth, and defend communities against pollution. Every community deserves access to economic opportunity and a clean environment.
  • Housing & Transportation - I’ve championed measures to combat homelessness and to invest in affordable housing, transit, and congestion relief, while prioritizing green building standards and jobs.



Profession:State Assemblymember
Assemblymember, California State Assembly — Elected position (2016–current)
Councilmember, Glendale City Council — Elected position (2009–2016)
Mayor, City of Glendale, CA — Elected position (2011–2012)


University of Rochester Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Philosophy (1988)


Laura Friedman is running for re-election to the California State Assembly, District 43.  

For her first session as an Assemblymember, Laura has proven to be a true progressive voice for our state, authoring and co-authoring some of the legislature's most progressive bills, while still showing that she can reach across the aisle and work with anyone who has the best interest of the state in mind. She has worked extensively to protect our environment, defend our state's most vulnerable populations, and to ensure a more equitible future of all Californians. In early 2017 she was made the Chair of the Joint Rules Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response as well as the Assistant Speaker Pro-Tem of the Assembly. 

Laura has an extraordinary record of leadership as a local elected leader, a community volunteer and in the private sector.

Elected to the Glendale City Council in 2009, re-elected in 2013

Mayor of Glendale, 2011-2012

Board of Directors, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Immediate Past-President, Independent Cities Association

Board member, Southern California Association of Governments, Energy and Environment Committee

Served for five years on the Glendale Design Review Board

Active with the Society of Architectural Historians and the Los Angeles Conservancy Modern Committee

Extensive experience as a producer and head of development in the entertainment industry, where she worked on numerous successful films and TV projects. Taught producing at UCLA and Chapman College.

Since 2001 she has owned and run a small business specializing in vintage jewelry and fine and decorative arts.

Recipient: Environmental Champion Award, Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters; Woman of the Year, Glendale Chamber of Commerce; Flame of Hope Award, Glendale Adventist Medical Center; Elected Official of the Year, Stonewall Democratic Club; 2018 Trailblazer Award; San Fernando Valley Young Democrats.

Laura lives in Glendale with her husband Guillaume Lemoine, a landscape designer, and their daughter Rachel.

Graduated with a B.A. from the University of Rochester, New York.

Who supports this candidate?

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $876,453

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
California State Council of Laborers
California Association of Realtors
Employees of Pisces Inc
United Domestic Workers of America

More information about contributions

By State:

California 89.88%
District of Columbia 3.41%
New York 0.90%
Florida 0.75%
Other 5.06%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.82%)
Small contributions (0.18%)

By Type:

From organizations (65.27%)
From individuals (34.73%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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