U.S. Senate Applicant

Kevin de León

Currently: California State Senator

De León wants to represent the new face of California: multiracial, the child of immigrants, and offering an uncompromising brand of progressive politics. His views on immigration, healthcare, and the environment are ambitious and absolute. In the age of Donald Trump, de León is the candidate who champions resistance.

He grew up in San Diego, raised by a single mother—an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala who cleaned homes for a living. He is the first in his family to graduate from high school or college. Before joining the California Assembly, de León’s work history traces the ideological foundation of the modern Democratic Party in California: He taught English to immigrants; campaigned against Proposition 187, which would have denied public services to undocumented immigrants; and worked as a union organizer for the teachers’ union.


  • Protecting the rights of undocumented immigrants
  • Environmental protection
  • Single-payer healthcare
  • Not cooperating with the Trump administration even a little bit


California State Senator  2010-Present

  • Served as president pro tempore, the ranking member of the state Senate, where he introduced California’s “sanctuary state” bill, which places tight restrictions on how state and local law enforcement officers can cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.
  • Wrote the law requiring California to get all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045
  • Co-chaired the campaign for Proposition 39 in 2012, which raised corporate income taxes on businesses that conduct business in California but which are located outside of the state.


  • Member, California Assembly
  • Organizer, California Teachers Association
  • English as a Second Language Teacher, One-Stop Immigration and Education Center


  • California Nurses Association
  • SEIU California
  • U.S Rep. Ro Khanna
  • State Sen. Toni Atkins
  • Tom Steyer

CONTACT INFORMATION:  www.kevindeleon.com  @kdeleon

The Resume of Kevin de León

“The days of Democrats biding our time, biting our tongue, and triangulating at the margins are over.”
Kevin de León


How the U.S. Senate candidates are polling

Campaign contributions to top candidates

Going Deeper

A disrupter from day one: How Kevin de León became the Democrat trying to topple Dianne Feinstein

State Sen. Kevin de León of Los Angeles. Photo by Max Whittaker for CALmatters



The Great Exception


The Former College Dropout Who Would Be Dianne Feinstein


Lots of labor love for Kevin de León at the Democratic party convention


An interview with Kevin de León


Steyer and de León: Climate soulmates


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