Holly Mitchell

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Holly Mitchell
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California State Senate, District 26
In office
September 27, 2013-Present
Term ends
December 16, 2014
Years in position 1
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedJuly 23, 2013
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
California State Assembly District 54
December 6, 2010-September 27, 2013
Place of birthLos Angeles, California
ProfessionCEO/President, Crystal Stairs
Office website
Campaign website
Holly Mitchell is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 26. She was first elected to the chamber in a special election on July 23, 2013.

Mitchell served in the California State Assembly from 2010 to September 27, 2013, when she was sworn into the California State Senate.


Her professional experience includes working as a policy analyst for Senator Diane Watson of the California State Senate, a legislative advocate for the Western Center on Law and Poverty, an executive director for the Black Women's Health Project and the CEO/President of Crystal Stairs.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Mitchell served on the following committees:

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Public Safety
Emergency Management
Legislative Budget


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Mitchell served on these committees:


Campaign themes


Mitchell's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Jobs
Excerpt: "Holly J. Mitchell knows firsthand how hard, tough and brutal our economic recession has been on working families. Her work with Crystal Stairs has brought her face-to-face with working parents struggling to care for their children while they fight to hang on to their jobs or search for new employment after having been laid off."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Holly J. Mitchell knows that health and medical care can be the most expensive services working families pay for in the 54th Assembly District. She knows that are large percentage of working families are presently priced out of the health insurance market, at a time when insurance companies are raising healthcare premiums for many families and small businesses. "
  • Public Safety
Excerpt: "Holly J. Mitchell holds our police officers and Sheriff’s deputies in the highest regard for their professionalism, unwavering dedication to their sworn duty to protect and serve our community, and their willingness to put their lives on the line everyday to keep our communities and neighborhoods safe."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Holly J. Mitchell supports classroom teachers in their mission to educate our children."
  • Environment
Excerpt: "Holly J. Mitchell knows that state and local leaders can work together with business and labor to create jobs and protect the environment at the same time. She knows that our community can’t give up clean air and clean water to create new jobs. Holly believes we must demand both – a healthy economy that fosters employment opportunities while protecting our community’s environment."



See also: California State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Ben Allen (D) and Sandra Fluke (D) defeated Barbi S. Appelquist (D), Betsy Butler (D), Amy Howorth (D), Vito Imbasciani (D), Patric M. Verrone (D) and Seth Stodder (I) in the blanket primary. Allen will face Fluke in the general election.[2][3]

California State Senate, District 26 Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Allen 22.2% 25,987
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSandra Fluke 19.4% 22,759
     Independent Seth Stodder 17.4% 20,419
     Democratic Betsy Butler 16.5% 19,301
     Democratic Amy Howorth 15.7% 18,411
     Democratic Vito Imbasciani 4.4% 5,189
     Democratic Patric M. Verrone 2.9% 3,446
     Democratic Barbi S. Appelquist 1.4% 1,630
Total Votes 117,142


See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

Mitchell won election in a special election for California State Senate District 26. The seat was vacant following Sen. Curren Price's (D) election to the Los Angeles City Council. Mitchell defeated Mervin Evans (D) in a blanket primary, which took place on September 17.[4][5][6][7]

California State Senate, District 26, Blanket Primary, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHolly Mitchell 81% 19,481
     Democratic Mervin Evans 19% 4,579
Total Votes 24,060


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Mitchell won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 54. She was displaced from her current district by redistricting. She advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Ed Nicoletti (D). Mitchell defeated Keith Brandon McCowen (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[8][9]

California State Assembly, District 54, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHolly J. Mitchell Incumbent 83.3% 143,530
     Republican Keith Brandon McCowen 16.7% 28,688
Total Votes 172,218
California State Assembly, District 54 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHolly J. Mitchell Incumbent 70.9% 33,920
     Democratic Ed Nicoletti 11.7% 5,601
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKeith Brandon McCowen 17.4% 8,350
Total Votes 47,871


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Mitchell defeated Robert L. Jones, Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Rafael Garcia-Rangel and Ed Nicoletti in the June 8 primary election. She then defeated Republican Lady Cage and Libertarian Sean P. McGary in the November 2 general election.[10][11]

California State Assembly, District 47 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Holly J. Mitchell (D) 93,541
Lady Cage (R) 17,195
Sean P. McGary (L) 5,305
California House of Representatives, District 47 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Holly J. Mitchell (D) 15,630
Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D) 13,238
Ed Nicoletti (D) 2,523
Robert L. Jones (D) 2,482
Rafael Garcia-Rangel (D) 1,618

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Mitchell is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Mitchell raised a total of $1,178,300 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 14, 2013.[12]

Holly Mitchell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Assembly, District 54 Won $459,686
2010 California State Assembly, District 47 Won $718,614
Grand Total Raised $1,178,300


Mitchell won re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Mitchell raised a total of $459,686.
California State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Holly Mitchell's campaign in 2012
California Teachers Association$15,600
California Dental Association$15,000
Electrical Workers Local 18$10,000
Sony Pictures Entertainment$7,800
California State Council of Laborers$7,800
Total Raised in 2012$459,686
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Mitchell raised $718,614 in contributions.[13]

Her three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Teachers Association $15,600
California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Cmte $11,700
California Dental Association $10,300


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In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[14]


Mitchell is single and has one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Curren De Mille Price (D)
California State Senate District 26
September 2013-Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Bonnie Lowenthal (D)
California State Assembly District 54
2012–September 2013
Succeeded by
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D)
Preceded by
Karen Bass (D)
California Assembly District 47
Succeeded by
Cheryl Brown (D)