As a member of the California Assembly, Sandré R. Swanson’s record shows the demonstrated experience, accomplishments
and character to be our next State Senator.
As Chair of the Labor and Employment Committee, Sandré never compromised his principles during the hard fights, as he sponsored
laws that improved the quality of life in our community. Sandré sponsored laws for workplace safety and wage
protection. He led efforts to protect your pensions and retirement security. He has always supported our ongoing
equal pay for equal work campaign. For these reasons, working families are joining our campaign.
Sandré is passionate about the plight of troubled and at-risk youth. As Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the
Status of Boys and Men of Color, his committee’s work is still widely used today by the State in its strategies for assisting
young people. As a result of this work, in 2014 Sandré was invited to the White House by President Barack Obama and
was requested to participate in the President’s "My Brothers Keepers" initiatives.
As a Member of the Assembly Budget Committee on Education Finance, Sandré worked hard to make education California’s top
budgetary priority. Keeping his promise, his first bill on his very first day in the Assembly was to return local control
of Oakland schools from State control to the parents, teachers and students of Oakland. Our students continue to need our support.
Assemblymember Swanson represented the cities of Oakland, Alameda, and Piedmont for three successful terms.
As a Member of the Budget Committee, Sandré was a consistent voice for more funding for our State colleges. He remains committed
to free community college and real student loan debt relief.
During California’s budget debates, Sandré was at times the lone voice in the fight against the suspensions of Proposition 98
guarantees for school and classroom funding.
As an Assemblymember, Sandré R. Swanson was a leader in the fight to keep redevelopment programs for affordable and Senior housing.
He told his colleagues in real time that "the elimination of redevelopment funds would lead to more homelessness and a growing
housing crisis of affordability."
Homeless encampments are growing daily. We are losing control of our streets with an increasing environmental hazard of trash
and waste. We no longer provide safe city parks for our children. Now a criminal element is victimizing the unhoused,
particularly women and children. This violence is spreading to the general population and must stop.
History has shown Sandré’s hard‐fought opposition to the elimination of redevelopment funds were
right and we need him now in the Senate to help us fix our current housing and homeless crisis. Sandré said, "solving
the homeless problem is California’s moral imperative and I will lead a humanitarian effort to fix this as your State Senator."
Sandré has also sponsored laws to reduce neighborhood crime for the safety of our children and entire community. His
Assembly office maintained the best Constituent Service in the East Bay for those in need of help with the State bureaucracy.
Sandré led the fight to keep the "Healthy Family Program" that provided healthcare for 740,000 poor children, supported
community clinics and was a champion for accessible and quality health care for all the people of our State.
Sandré sponsored legislation for a healthy and safe environment while working for sustainable jobs with a living wage. He
conducted hearings at the Port of Oakland on reducing truck emission to protect children and seniors with asthma and to reduce the
greenhouse gas footprint. Sandré has made it possible for qualifying homeowners in his district to make affordable seismic
safety upgrades to their homes for protection before the next large earthquake.
Sandré was a leading voice in the legislature with the "Stop The Spray" movement protecting our children from pesticide
spraying near schools. He sponsored laws to stop illegal dumping and supported green jobs. Sandré has worked
over a number of years on conservation for our bay and supported efforts to rebuild California’s wetlands.
Sandré led the State’s efforts to rescue our children from Human Traffickers — some children as young as 12 years old
and he increased funding for wrap‐around services for our most at risk‐youth. During the budget battles of the recession,
he challenged those in leadership, who demanded we gut the social safety net for the poor, the disabled, seniors and children.
Sandré stood up against their threats and fought to protect this important funding.
He supported small business loans in underserved communities to increase employment opportunities and has been an advocate for Equal Rights
and Civil Rights for everyone.