Equality California Endorses Four Dozen Pro-Equality Incumbents in Legislative Races

Equality California today announced the endorsements of 48 incumbent candidates for reelection to the California Senate and Assembly for the 2016 election cycle.“As we move forward with addressing the disparities still facing LGBT Californians in so many areas, our legislative partners are more important to us than ever,” said Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur. “Today we are announcing Equality California’s endorsements of members of the state legislature who are up for reelection in 2016.  Our partnership with legislators is key to advancing equality and social justice for LGBT people and all the communities of which we’re part.  Our endorsed candidates are not only strong allies in the fight for LGBT equality, but every one of the lawmakers we endorsed today earned a perfect 100-percent Equality Score in our most recent Legislative Scorecard. We thank our endorsed allies and look forward to working with them to continue the fight for LGBT equality and social justice in California.”

The candidates are as follows:

Senate Races:

Jim Beall (SD-15)

Cathleen Galgiani (SD-5)

Steven Glazer (SD-7)

Jerry Hill (SD-13)

Hannah-Beth Jackson (SD-19)

Ricardo Lara (SD-33)

Bill Monning (SD-17)

Richard D. Roth (SD-31)


Assembly Races:

Richard Bloom (AD-50)

Rob Bonta (AD-18)

Cheryl R. Brown (AD-47)

Autumn Burke (AD-62)

Ian C. Calderon (AD-57)

Ed Chau (AD-49)

David Chiu (AD-17)

Kansen Chu (AD-25)

Jim Cooper (AD-9)

Matthew Dababneh (AD-45)

Tom Daly (AD-69)

Susan Eggman (AD-13)

Jim Frazier (AD-11)

Cristina Garcia (AD-58)

Eduardo Garcia (AD-56)

Mike Gipson (AD-64)

Jimmy Gomez (AD-51)

Lorena Gonzalez (AD-80)

Chris R. Holden (AD-41)

Jacqui Irwin (AD-44)

Reginald Jones-Sawyer (AD-59)

Marc Levine (AD-10)

Patty López (AD-39)

Evan Low (AD-28)

Kevin McCarty (AD-7)

Jose Medina (AD-61)

Kevin Mullin (AD-22)

Adrin Nazarian (AD-46)

Patrick O’Donnell (AD-70)

Bill Quirk (AD-20)

Anthony Rendon (AD-63)

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (AD-54)

Freddie Rodriguez (AD-52)

Rudy Salas Jr. (AD-32)

Miguel Santiago (AD-53)

Mark Stone (AD-29)

Tony Thurmond (AD-15)

Phil Ting (AD-19)

Shirley Weber (AD-79)

Jim Wood (AD-2)

Equality California endorses incumbent candidates who have earned a 100-percent, pro-equality rating for their votes on the organization’s sponsored or supported legislation.  Please see the 2015 Equality California Legislative Scorecard for more information.


Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization dedicated to creating a fair and just society. Our mission is to achieve and maintain full and lasting equality, acceptance, and social justice for all people in our diverse LGBT communities, inside and outside of California. Our mission includes advancing the health and well-being of LGBT Californians through direct healthcare service advocacy and education. Through electoral, advocacy, education and mobilization programs, we strive to create a broad and diverse alliance of LGBT people, educators, government officials, communities of color and faith, labor, business, and social justice communities to achieve our goals. www.eqca.org