Meet Sydney Kamlager

Sydney Kamlager is the leading Democratic candidate for California’s 30th Senate District in Los Angeles. Currently she represents the 54th Assembly District.

Prior to election to the Assembly, Sydney was an elected member of the L.A. Community College District Board of Trustees, and served as District Director for California State Senator Holly J. Mitchell. Mitchell is vacating the 30th Senate District after being elected to the LA County Board of Supervisors on November 3rd. Sydney knows and understands the district and local issues as well as anyone and is prepared to step in and represent the district’s constituents – 64% of whom she already represents in the Assembly.

What we can accomplish together:

  • Criminal justice system reform that moves us closer to equality before the law.
  • Employment strategies that will reboot our economy and create opportunities for all communities.
  • Innovative investment in housing and homelessness initiatives.
  • Climate change action while working towards a Green New Deal and quality jobs.
  • Investments in education and the arts.

In her first full term in the California State Assembly, Kamlager:  

  • Passed the most transformative probation reform legislation in the country. Sydney’s historic bill caps probation terms for most offenses at 1-2 years – reasonable limits that will help break the cycle of incarceration, reduce officers’ caseloads and save millions of dollars.
  • Passed legislation to incorporate implicit bias training into continued education for healthcare professionals, lawyers and judges. Sydney’s bills require the training as a component of continued medical education for licensees under the Medical Board, Physician Assistant Board and Board of Registered Nursing.
  • Fought to remove cost as a barrier to abortion access. Sydney is committed to enhancing abortion access and fighting the pernicious attacks upon sexual and reproductive health care.
  • Fought for legislation to create a healthy environment for communities across California. Sydney was one of only eight legislators to receive a 100% score from Sierra Club CA in 2020.
  • Urged banks that have business relationships with California to stop lending to gun manufacturers. Sydney worked with Treasurer Fiona Ma to create and pass Assembly Concurrent Resolution 115 to reduce the proliferation of guns in California.
  • Successfully sought an audit of the Los Angeles County, Alameda County and Fresno County sheriffs’ departments use of realignment funds, which is money given by the state to counties to move incarcerated people from prisons to county jails. Results of the audit will allow Sydney to discern whether sheriffs are spending funds as intended and that support the health and dignity of incarcerated Californians.
  • Supplied personal protective equipment to frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. As Chair of the Los Angeles County Delegation, Sydney worked with BizFed Institute (BFI) to collect donations and supplies to protect the workers who protect us.

Background:

Born to biracial parents in Chicago, Sydney’s exposure to politics was working with her grandmother in 1983 to help elect Harold Washington, the first African American mayor of Chicago.

Sydney came to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California as a political science major. While she was at USC, the 1992 Rodney King riots erupted. That catalytic event motivated Sydney to work with Rebuild LA and the Los Angeles Festival, two nonprofit organizations that threaded arts and job creation to help restore the communities most affected by the riots.

Early in her career, Sydney worked at the Social and Public Arts Resource Center (SPARC) in Venice and then as an advocate for quality childcare and early education at the nonprofit Crystal Stairs in Los Angeles. In 2010, Sydney began her service as District Director for then-Assemblymember and now- Senator Mitchell. Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas appointed Sydney in 2013 to the Los Angeles County Commission on Children and Families. In 2015, Sydney was elected to the Los Angeles Community College Board, where she fought to make higher education and career training affordable and accessible to everyone, including students who were previously in the foster care system or incarcerated. Sydney successfully ran for State Assembly in 2018.

Sydney is a member of Zeta Phi Beta, Incorporated. She lives in the Baldwin Hills community, with her husband, local attorney Austin Dove, her stepchildren, dog Kush and cat Kisi Whitepaws.