About Lori

Lori Saldaña has been a consistent and long-time advocate for progressive values. She has an outstanding record of working to improve and strengthen environmental protection laws, social justice, human rights, and women’s reproductive rights at the local, state and binational level.

She has done this work as a college professor and university researcher, as a Presidential appointee, as a volunteer for nonprofit organizations, and while serving for 6 years as a California Assemblymember, representing the 76th District from 2004-2010.

What Supervisor Saldaña will do:

Lori will apply her legislative, policy and personal life experience to inform and guide her work as County Supervisor.

She will use data and research-based solutions to improve and strengthen county policies on energy efficiency, environmental protection, water conservation, affordable housing, healthcare and caregiving, homelessness, public safety, and other vital services.

Lori will continue working on issues she championed during her 6 years as a State Assemblymember, as an Environmental Policy Research Fellow at the UCSD Center for US/Mexican Studies, as a Dean of Service Learning at San Diego Mesa College, and as a Professor of Information Technology for the San Diego Community College District.

Here are a few of her legislative awards and policy accomplishments that will provide the foundation of her work as County Supervisor:


• Named Legislator of the Year by Californians Against Waste for work on reducing and eliminating toxics, and strengthening environmental protection standards.

• Earned the California League of Conservation Voters 100% Lifetime voting record  (2004-2010) for supporting environmental protection measures, clean energy, water conservation and other measures.

• Received “Champion of Choice” Award from NARAL (2009) for working to ensure access and protect funding for reproductive health services for all women.

• Named “Legislator of the Year” by California Association of County Veterans Service Officers Association (2007) for work to support military families and ensure veterans are able to access the benefits they have earned. Lori is also a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign War, Kearny Mesa Post 3788.


• Author of AB 1934, to end the “Open Carry” of handguns in California, and ensure only legally permitted guns are carried in public places.

• Co-author, first Marriage Equality legislation in the nation (2005)- Lori is the only candidate with a 100% voting record in support of Marriage Equality rights.

• As Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, developed slate of caregiving bills, protected funding for childcare, Title X funding for reproductive healthcare, and social service programs- the only candidate with a 100% voting record in support of women’s reproductive rights. She also organized hearings on military sexual assault in coordination with the Department of Defense.

• Established “Caregivers caucus” to work with other legislators to promote good policy and protect funding for caregivers and their families.

• Chaired Housing & Community Development: increased funding for affordable housing, worked on improving Regional Housing Needs Assessments and establishing new standards for transit oriented development.


• Member of legislative leadership for six years- Assistant Majority Whip, Speaker Pro Tempore.
• Member of Judiciary, Taxation & Revenue, Water, Parks & Wildlife, Natural Resources, and Elections & Redistricting committees.
• Appointed to Assembly Ethics Committee, to investigate members suspected of misconduct, after referrals from the Assembly Rules Committee.

• Co-author of AB 32- the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006; developed new standards for promoting energy efficiency in commercial buildings, and zero-net energy residential standards.

Community work on environmental protection

• Founding board member to establish first “Earth Fair” celebration in Balboa Park (1990)
• Chair of the San Diego/Imperial Counties Sierra Club (1995-97)
• President Clinton’s appointee to the Border Environment Cooperation Commission, investing in infrastructure to improve water quality in San Diego and along the US/Mexico border.

Academic Research, Administration and Education


Environmental Policy Research Fellow at the UCSD Center for US/Mexican Studies, author of “From Litigation to Legislation: Challenges to Binational Water Infrastructure Development in the San Diego-Tijuana Border Region” –  accepted for publication in the 2003 Journal of Environment and Development.

• Lecturer at San Diego State University Women’s Studies Department and School of Communications at University of California, San Diego.

US Department of Labor Grant Manager for San Diego Community College District’s Workforce Development program; directed funding to construct, update and remodel computer labs at the Educational Cultural Complex and in the Mountain View community.

• Associate Dean at San Diego Mesa College, responsible for coordinating a State Chancellor’s Grant to develop the first Service Learning program on campus.

More about Lori Saldaña

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