First elected in 2014, Autumn R. Burke represents the 62nd District in the California State Assembly. Her economically and ethnically diverse district is the hub of Southern California's innovation economy and home to several of the region's most popular beaches, Los Angeles International Airport, the Los Angeles Air Force Base and The Forum in Inglewood.
A Los Angeles native, Assemblywoman Burke is an entrepreneur and small business owner with a proven record of business development and community outreach. She's worked to help provide pathways to green technology and energy efficiency for neighborhoods big and small. She's taken that same passion for innovation to Sacramento with a focus on policy to expand access to healthy communities, education and good jobs for all.
During her first term in the Assembly, she became widely recognized as a champion for reproductive rights, environmental justice, career technical education and health care. She authored bills establishing Transformative Climate Communities to help disadvantaged neighborhoods heavily impacted by pollution, expand access to quality maternal health care, and create greater accountability and transparency across all levels of government. Her work in the Capitol goes beyond legislation; Assemblywoman Burke has helped secure $900 million in funding for career technical education programs to help connect students to 21st Century careers, and fought for new investments in affordable housing and transportation infrastructure.
Throughout her career, Assemblywoman Burke has maintained a passion for serving the community. She is a member of Count Me In for Women, an organization that promotes the growth of women-owned businesses. She's also a board member of the Yvonne Burke Foundation, which provides scholarships for young people in Los Angeles County to attend colleges and universities as well as career training programs. A longtime supporter of the Compton Jr. Posse, Assemblywoman Burke helps give at-risk youth alternatives to street life through creative programs that foster a greater sense of belonging.
Assemblywoman Burke is the daughter of former Los Angeles County Supervisor, Assemblywoman and U.S. Congresswoman, Yvonne Burke. Autumn Burke's election to the legislature marks the first time in California history that a mother and daughter have both served in the State Assembly.
Assemblywoman Burke is the Assistant Speaker pro Tempore of the Assembly, chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Career Technical Education and Building a 21st Century Workforce, and a member of the Assembly Committees on Accountability and Administrative Review, Health, Housing and Community Development, and Utilities and Commerce, as well as the Legislative Black Caucus, Legislative Environmental Caucus, California Technology and Innovation Caucus, and the Legislative Women's Caucus. She represents the cities of Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lawndale, El Segundo, and Gardena, the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Mar Vista, Venice, and Del Rey, and communities of Del Aire, West Athens, Lennox, Westmont, and Marina del Rey.