The news of Dianne Feinstein’s retirement from the United States Senate was met with shock and sadness by her constituents, but California has already begun to look forward to the new name who will take her seat. That person is Laphonza Butler, and she’s bringing a combination of energy, enthusiasm, and decades of experience to the role.
Laphonza Butler is a Los Angeles native and the first woman to lead California’s powerful Service Employees International Union (SEIU), a union representing more than 700,000 working people in the Golden State.
Driven by the impact of economic inequality, Butler became a social organizer early in adulthood. After successful careers in community organizing, labor union organizing, and human resources management, she took the helm of SEIU in 2012. Butler is a dedicated champion of reducing inequality by advocating for healthcare equity, paid family leave, and retirement security for hard-working families.
Throughout her career, Butler has been an advocate for common-sense policies that lift up hardworking Amercians. When elected to the Senate, she plans to bring that same advocacy to the federal level. As she said in her statement when she was selected for the role,
“Throughout my career, I’ve fought for social, racial, and economic justice for all…. I look forward to taking to the Senate floor to ensure everyone in our country has access to the American Dream and can be heard.”
It’s clear Butler will bring a unique set of experiences to the Senate and the power of her presence in the California delegation will be unparalleled. With her strong progressive values and commitment to policy, Butler is poised to continue the strong legacy of senators who have preceded her. We look forward to seeing what she will achieve in the coming years.