Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla was first elected to the State Assembly in November 2010, and represents California’s 14th Assembly District, which includes Contra Costa County and Solano County. She is chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee, and sits on the Assembly Appropriations Committee, Banking and Finance, Health Committee, and Local Government Committee. She also chairs the Assembly Select Committee on STEM Education in California K-14 Schools.
In 2014, Assemblywoman Bonilla authored the ground breaking business innovation and consumer protection bill, AB 2293, which clarifies insurance coverage for Transportation Network Companies such as Uber and Lyft. This law ensures that drivers, passengers and pedestrians are protected, while supporting the innovative ride-sharing business model. AB 2293 has become the national and international legal framework for Uber and Lyft to operate in each state and in many nations.
In addition, Assemblywoman Bonilla has authored legislation to stop taxpayer money from funding call centers that are operated outside of California, allow midwives to have hospital privileges and order medical equipment for their patients, decrease the cost of college textbooks by funding open educational resources, providing cities and local law enforcement the necessary tools in stopping human trafficking, and increasing access to quality health care.
Adding to her legislative accomplishments, Assemblywoman Bonilla led efforts to save transitional kindergarten, state preschool programs, child nutrition programs, and the Cal Grant to ensure that quality of education for California’s children would not be further eroded. Assemblywoman Bonilla’s devoted efforts to improve our education system secured $1.25 billion for Common Core implementation, professional development for teachers, and technology upgrades for our schools. In the last two years, Assemblywoman Bonilla has secured an additional $100 million for our schools to meet internet requirements necessary for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
Prior to serving in the California State Legislature, Susan was the Mayor of Concord and County Supervisor for Contra Costa County. Before entering her career as an elected official, she was a high school English teacher in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Susan earned her B.A. in English from Azusa Pacific University and her teaching credential from California State University Los Angeles. Susan and her husband, John, reside in Concord. They have four daughters and three grandchildren.