Born and raised in Watts, Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson always knew that he wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of those he encountered throughout his community and beyond. His undeniable passion for public service propelled him to serve as councilmember for the City of Carson for nearly a decade before transitioning to the California State Assembly.
On November 4, 2014, Asm. Gipson was elected by an overwhelming margin 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. Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon appointed Asm. Gipson to this leadership position in 2016 and re-appointed him in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
He is also a member of several standing Assembly committees including Business and Professions, Governmental Organization, Human Services, Insurance, Transportation, and Chair of the Select Committee on Infectious Diseases in High-Risk Disadvantaged Communities and the Chair of the Select Committee on Gun Violence in Communities of Color. Mr. Gipson also serves on the following Assembly Select Committees: Career Technical Education and Building a 21st Century Workforce, Community and Law Enforcement Relations and Responsibilities, Foster Care, Los Angeles County Homelessness, and the Nonprofit Sector.
In 2015, Mike A. Gipson was appointed to chair 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.
Additionally, 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). These were among his first bills signed into law as an Assemblymember.
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.
For the 2019-2020 legislative year, Asm. Gipson was able to secure $41.6 million for his district through the state budget. These include allocations in higher education, clean water, housing and homelessness, public health, $3 million for the Compton Creek. He also had several bills signed into law that include additional benefits for foster care and cracking down on “ghost guns.”
Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Gipson has championed many budget priorities since taking office, including establishing the first 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. He also passed comprehensive transportation legislation; spearheading a historic cap and trade package; combating homelessness and serving as lead assemblymember on curbing gun violence.
As chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Infectious Diseases in High Risk Disadvantaged Communities, Asm. Gipson continues to lead the effort towards developing a statewide plan of zero new HIV/AIDS infections, zero deaths, and zero stigma in California, known as the “Getting to Zero” campaign.
As he continues his third term in office, he remains focused on his top priorities that include public safety, healthcare, homelessness and foster youth.
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 victim of a hit-and-run motorist.