Alan Lowenthal

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Alan Lowenthal
Alan Lowenthal 113th Congress Portrait.jpeg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 47th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Loretta Sanchez
Member of the California State Senate
from the 27th district
In office
December 6, 2004 – December 3, 2012
Preceded by Betty Karnette
Succeeded by Fran Pavley
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 54th district
In office
December 7, 1998 – December 6, 2004
Preceded by Steven T. Kuykendall
Succeeded by Betty Karnette
Personal details
Born (1941-03-08) March 8, 1941 (age 73)
New York City, New York
Nationality Jewish-American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Bonnie Lowenthal (divorced)
Deborah Malumed
Children Daniel
Residence Long Beach, California
Alma mater Ohio State University
Hobart College
Occupation Professor, California State University, Long Beach
Religion Judaism
Website Representative Alan Lowenthal

Alan S. Lowenthal (born March 8, 1941) is an American politician who has been the United States Representative for California's 47th congressional district since 2013. A Democrat, he previously served in the California State Assembly from 1998 to 2004, representing the 54th Assembly district, and then as a member of the California State Senate, representing the 27th district from 2004 to 2012. In both posts, he represented the city of Long Beach and its surrounding suburbs.

Early life, education, and academic career[edit]

Lowenthal was born and raised in Queens, New York City. He graduated with a B.A. from Hobart College and earned a Ph.D. from Ohio State University. In 1969, Lowenthal moved to Long Beach and became a professor of community psychology at California State University, Long Beach. He went on leave to become a Long Beach City Councilman in 1992. He remained on leave for several years until retiring in 1998.[1]

California Assembly[edit]


In 1998, Lowenthal decided to run for the 54th district of the California State Assembly. He defeated Republican nominee Julie Alban 50%-47%.[2] In 2000, he won re-election to a second term defeating Republican nominee Rudy Svorinich, a Los Angeles City Council member, 59%-39%.[3] In 2002, he won re-election to a third term defeating Republican nominee Cesar Castellanos, 60%-40%.[4]


In the Assembly, Lowenthal authored gun control in California that would ban gun selling in people's homes.[5] He was also a founding member of the Assembly's Bipartisan Caucus and authored legislation for the creation of California’s first ever Bipartisan Citizens Redistricting Commission.[6]

Committee assignments[edit]

California Senate[edit]


In 2004, he decided to run for the California Senate in the 27th Senate district. He won the Democratic primary unopposed. In the general election, he defeated Republican nominee Cesar Navarro Castellanos 63%-37%.[7] In 2008, he won re-election to a second term, defeating Allen Wood 67%-33%.[8]


The 27th District includes the Los Angeles County communities of Avalon, Long Beach, Signal Hill, Lakewood, Cerritos, Artesia, Bellflower, Downey, South Gate, Lynwood, Paramount, Hawaiian Gardens, Florence-Graham and Willowbrook.

Senator Lowenthal was named Legislator of the Year by the California Firefighters Association in 2002 after he passed a law that limited liability for organizations that donated firefighting equipment. The League of California Cities named him Legislator of the Year in 2001 due to his advocacy on behalf of local governments. He has also received the "Rivie" Award from the Friends of the Los Angeles River due to his efforts to help clean up the troubled river. Other legislation that Senator Lowenthal has had signed into law is a law to reduce diesel emissions at the ports by limiting idling time for trucks conducting transactions at the ports, a bill established a grant program to provide financial incentives for purchasing or leasing electric vehicles, and a bill to protects highways.

With Bonnie Lowenthal's election and Alan Lowenthal's reelection in 2008, Senator and Assemblywoman Lowenthal are the first divorced husband and wife to serve concurrently in the California State Legislature (although Senator George and Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, who served concurrently from 2004 to 2008, and Senator Tony and Assemblywoman Audra Strickland, who are serving concurrently with the Lowenthals, were both non-divorced pairs of husbands and wives to serve concurrently).

Lowenthal provided significant commentary throughout the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?.

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Senate Committee Education (Chair)
  • Select Committee on California Ports and Goods Movement

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

2012 election[edit]

On November 6, 2012, Lowenthal was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 47th congressional district after defeating Republican Gary DeLong.[9] He took office on January 3, 2013.

Committee assignments[edit]

Personal life[edit]

His ex-wife, Bonnie Lowenthal, was elected to the California State Assembly in 2008. His son Daniel is an elected judge to the Los Angeles County Superior Court.


External links[edit]

California Assembly
Preceded by
Steven T. Kuykendall
California State Assemblymember
54th District

December 7, 1998–November 30, 2004
Succeeded by
Betty Karnette
California Senate
Preceded by
Betty Karnette
California State Senator
27th District

December 6, 2004–December 3, 2012
Succeeded by
Fran Pavley
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Loretta Sanchez
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 47th congressional district

January 3, 2013 – present
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Doug LaMalfa
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Michelle Lujan Grisham
D-New Mexico