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.
Prior to being elected to the California Assembly, Mike A. Gipson served as a Mayor Pro Tem and Councilmember to the City of Carson from 2005 through 2014.
Born and raised in Watts, Gipson’s passion for public service was instilled at a young age. The son of a labor leader, Gipson learned the value of hard work, solidarity and leadership. As a former Youth Pastor at the One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism Christian church, Gipson helped teach the importance of community and giving back to others. These lessons have continued to lead him throughout his life.
During his first year in the Assembly, Mike A. Gipson was appointed Chair of the powerful Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC). Responsibilities included overseeing the finances and operations of state and local government entities in addition to promoting accountability and transparency through oversight and informational hearings, and approving audits of government operations. Under the leadership of Asm. Gipson, JLAC convened 9 hearings during the 2015 legislative year: 4 joint legislative oversight hearings, 1 informational hearing, and 4 JLAC hearings to take action on audits requested by members. 21 audit requests were heard. Audits included the University of California and its budget process, Central Basin Municipal Water District and Caltrans Maintenance Program to name a few.
Asm. Mike A. Gipson was appointed to the Assembly Committees on: Aging and Long-Term Care, Governmental Organization, Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy, and Revenue and Taxation. In addition, Mr. Gipson served as Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Infectious Diseases in High Risk Disadvantaged Communities, and on the Select Committee on Boys and Men of Color.
In 2015, Governor Jerry Brown approved 4 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). As Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Infectious Diseases in High Risk Disadvantaged Communities, Gipson secured $2.2 million for three years in the 2015-16 California Budget for the Department of Public Health to provide competitive grants for demonstration projected aimed at Hepatitis C prevention. The budget also included $3 million in ongoing dollars a for a syringe exchange program that will allow for the statewide purchasing of syringe disposal containers, sterile syringes and other materials aimed at reducing the transmission of blood-borne pathogens such as HIV and Hepatitis C.
Asm. Gipson was appointed by Speaker Anthony Rendon in 2016 and re-appointed in 2017 to serve as Assembly Democratic Caucus Chair to help lead the supermajority in the Assembly. Responsibilities include driving the legislative decision making process for the Democratic Caucus as well as holding weekly meetings to discuss and set the caucus’ priorities.
Gipson 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.