Born in Watts, Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson was elected in November 2014 to represent California’s 64th Assembly District that includes the communities of Carson, Compton, Gardena, Harbor Gateway, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, South Los Angeles, Torrance, Watts/Willowbrook and Wilmington.
Asm. Gipson currently serves as Assembly Democratic Caucus Chair, responsible for driving the legislative decision making process for the majority caucus, address statewide issues, and hold weekly meetings to discuss and set the caucus’ priorities. Mr. Gipson was appointed in 2016 and re-appointed in 2017 by Speaker Anthony Rendon to this leadership post.
He is also a member of several standing Assembly committees including: Aging and Long Term Care, Business and Professions, Governmental Organization, Insurance, Revenue and Taxation, and Chair of the Select Committee on Infectious Diseases in High-Risk Disadvantaged Communities. Mr. Gipson also serves on the following Assembly Select Committees: Community and Law Enforcement Relations and Responsibilities, Domestic Violence, Foster Care, Non-Profit Sector, Ports and Goods Movement, and Regional Transportation Solutions.
In 2015, Mike A. Gipson was appointed chair of the powerful Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC). Under his leadership, JLAC convened 9 hearings during the 2015 legislative year along with 21 audit requests. These included the University of California and its budget process, Central Basin Municipal Water District, and Caltrans’ Maintenance Program to name a few.
Also in 2015, Governor Jerry Brown approved four bills authored by Asm. Gipson that improves the quality of education (AB25), expanding access to healthcare (AB444), addressing homelessness (AB1228) and humanizing public safety in our communities (AB835).
Continuing his path of public service, Asm. Gipson began his second term in office by authoring legislation to close a deadly loophole in the California Penal Code, provide internet related services for foster and incarcerated youth, and establish a working group to bring back Career Technical Education for K-12. He was also successful in securing $11.3 million for Compton Community College, on the heels of their new accreditation, to support the college’s transition into an independent institution.
As part of 2016-2017 state budget, Democratic Caucus Chairman Gipson was able to assist in establishing the first ever state earned income tax credit for working families, repeal the maximum family grant that will lift 135,000 children out of poverty and approve a path to $15/hour in California. As chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Infectious Diseases in High Risk Disadvantaged Communities, Mr. Gipson continues to lead the effort towards developing a statewide plan of zero new infections, zero deaths, and zero stigma in California, known as the “Getting to Zero” campaign.
Most recently, Asm. Gipson championed the effort as Democratic Caucus Chair to pass a comprehensive transportation package focused on road safety improvements, pothole and highway repair, and job creation. Additionally, and along with bi-partisan effort, Asm. Gipson was able to help spearhead a comprehensive and historical cap and trade package that will extend the program to 2030 along with air quality provisions that seek to address emissions from multiple sources that are hurting our communities’ public health.
Asm Gipson currently lives in Carson where he is a devoted husband to his wife Le Cresha. They have two sons, Devon and Jordan along with their two grandchildren; Faafetai Ole Alofa, and Cataleya Acevedo Gipson. Their third son, D’Ance passed away at 3 years old as a result of a hit-and-run motorist.