Mike (Mike) A. Gipson (D-SH65)
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Capitol: 916.319.2065
FAX: 916.319.2165
District: 310.324.6408
Assemblyman
Suite 6210 State Capitol 1021 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

District Office:
879 West 190th Street
Gardena, CA 90248
Elected: 2014    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Le Cresha   DOB: 6/25/1966
Committee Assignments
ChairmanAssembly Select Committee on Ports and Goods Movement
ChairmanAssembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media
ChairmanAssembly Select Committee on Police Reform
MemberAssembly Select Committee on Social Determinants of Health
MemberAssembly Select Committee on Domestic Violence
MemberJoint Committee on the Arts
MemberAssembly Committee on Human Services
MemberAssembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation
MemberAssembly Select Committee on Automation and Workforce Development
MemberAssembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color
MemberAssembly Select Committee on Restorative Justice
MemberAssembly Select Committee on Nonprofit Sector
MemberAssembly Select Committee on Los Angeles County Homelessness
MemberAssembly Committee on Insurance
MemberAssembly Select Committee on Distressed Hospitals
MemberAssembly Select Committee on California-Mexico Bi-National Affairs
MemberAssembly Select Committee on State Parks
MemberAssembly Committee on Governmental Organization
Counties Representing
Los Angeles / Orange

Bio

Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson was proudly born and raised in the Watts community of Los Angeles. Assemblymember Gipson always knew that he wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of those he encountered. He understands that his "why" is to serve. It was his upbringing and the foundation provided by his parents, who both only had a high school education, that inspired Assemblymember Gipson's dedication to leading others. His father, a truck driver and union organizer, and mother, who cleaned the homes of wealthy families, provided lessons early in Assemblymember Gipson's life that led him to believe that "I am my brothers'/sisters' keeper." His parents taught him to trust and believe in God, and that hard work will always pay off.

Assemblymember Gipson's undeniable passion for public service propelled him to run and get elected to the Carson City Council in 2005. He served as Mayor Pro Tempore, for nearly a decade, before running for the California State Assembly in 2014 where he has served since. Today, Assemblymember Gipson represents the new 65th Assembly District which includes the areas of Watts, Willowbrook, Compton, Carson, North Long Beach, Harbor Gateway North & South, Harbor City, Wilmington, and San Pedro.

Since joining the Legislature, Assemblymember Gipson has been a true leader for his community and among his peers. In 2015, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon appointed Assemblymember Gipson to serve as his right hand in the powerful role of Assembly Democratic Caucus Chair, where he sets the agenda for the largest Democratic Caucus in the history of the California State Assembly. Assemblymember Gipson also Chairs the Select Committees on Police Reform, Infectious Diseases; and is a member of the Select Committees on Domestic Violence, Foster Care, Gasoline Supply, Social Housing, Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship, and Ports. Assemblymember Gipson is also an active member of the California Legislative Black Caucus as well as the incoming Chair of the 76th Council of State Governments West (CSG West) which currently represents 13 states in the U.S.

Assemblymember Gipson also serves on Standing Committees such as Governmental Organizations; Insurance; Business and Professions; Transportation; and Rules. He has championed groundbreaking legislation to ban "ghost guns" in the state of California; expand access to mobile stroke units; reduce barriers to employment; significant police reform bills that now prohibit chokeholds; ban restraints that lead to "positional asphyxiation;" and eradicate "police gangs." Assemblymember Gipson is a diligent champion for his district in providing resources and funding for important programs in communities that have been historically underserved. In 2022, Assemblymember Gipson secured nearly $4 billion in state funding. Services for youth and culture were prioritized in Watts as Assemblymember Gipson secured $5.5 million for the community in the form of increased recreational opportunities and a 4-acre arts and culture campus. A new Pathways in Technology Early College High School educational institution in Compton will serve as a place for the community to get Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics jobs and skills that were only made possible by a $3.5 million budget allocation which Assemblymember Gipson also secured. An additional $1 million was awarded to the Wilmington Boys & Girls Club to help this essential community asset continue to run and make improvements to safety and transportation. Assemblymember Gipson also championed $110 million to fund a state-of-the-art art Goods Movement Workforce Training Campus in the Los Angeles Harbor Region, which will deliver an increased supply of well-paid, trained workers to the industry. To address the pressing mental health issues faced by many young adults, Assemblymember Gipson also successfully spearheaded $10 million to fund peer-to-peer mental health services in K-12 schools throughout California.

Most notably, Assemblymember Gipson's work in the areas of police reform, education, social justice, health, and housing have resulted in several awards that include "Legislator of the Year" by the California Association of Black Lawyers; the "2021 Champions for Adults with Sickle Cell Disease" by the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation; the "Outstanding Legislator" award by the Community College League of California; and "Legislator of the Year" again by the Children's Law Center, among many others.

Assemblymember Gipson currently resides in Carson with his wife, Le Cresha Gipson. They have two sons, Devon and Jordan, as well as 3 beautiful biracial grandchildren- Faafetai Ole Alofa Gipson, Cataleya Acevedo-Gipson, and Amore Gipson. Their third son, D'Ance, was killed at 3 years old as a victim of a hit-and-run motorist that has never been captured.