Sheila Kuehl

A trailblazing politician, SHEILA KUEHL, has served Los Angeles well and paid particular attention to vulnerable populations, including the LGBTQ community.  She was the first openly gay politician to serve on the California State legislature, where she served out all possible terms.  Currently running for LA County Supervisor, she has opened Kuehl Consulting, served as the Founding Director of Public Policy Institute at Santa Monica College and authored “Safe At School,” a policy white paper addressing the need for safe schools for LGBT students.  Among many other causes, Kuehl has fought for over 171 bills that were signed into law, including legislation that has established paid family leave,  established the rights contained in Roe vs. Wade in California statute, overhauled California’s child support services system, established nurse to patient ratios in every hospital, required that housing developments of more than 500 units have identified sources of water, furthered protection for domestic violence victims and their children,  prohibited discrimination on the basis of gender and disability in the workplace and sexual orientation in education, and  increased the rights of crime victims; safeguard the environment and drinking water.

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LIFE

  • DOB February 9, 1941 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Child actress: on The Stuart Erwin Show, The Many Loves of Dobie Gills ,Broadside
  • Claims that after coming out she had less calls/acting opportunities  
  • Attended Harvard Law School in 1978
  • 2nd woman to win Moot Court Competition

WORK

  • Currently running for LA County Supervisor
  • Operates Kuehl Consulting
  • Founding Director of Public Policy Institute at Santa Monica College
  • Co-author “Safe At School”: policy white paper addressing safe schools for LGBT youth
  • California State Senate (2000-2008), representing LA and parts of Ventura County. Democrat
  • First openly gay/lesbian on Cali State legislature
  • Served six years in State Assembly
  • Causes she fought for
  • 171 bills that were signed into law, including:
  • legislation to establish paid family leave,
  • establish the rights contained in Roe vs. Wade in California statute,
  • overhaul California’s child support services system;
  • establish nurse to patient ratios in every hospital;
  • require that housing developments of more than 500 units have identified sources of water;
  • further protect domestic violence victims and their children;
  • prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender and disability in the workplace and sexual orientation in education;
  • increase the rights of crime victims; safeguard the environment and drinking water
  • Beginning in 2003, she led the fight in the legislature to achieve true universal health care in California, and, in 2006, and again in 2008, brought SB 840, the California Universal Healthcare Act,  to the Governor’s desk, the first time in U.S. history a single-payer healthcare bill had gone so far.
  • Associate Dean of Students

AWARDS

  • 20 most fascinating women in Politics: George Magazine
  • Assembly member with the greatest intelligence and most integrity- California Journal

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