Christine Kehoe

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Christine Kehoe
Member of the California Senate
from the 39th district
In office
December 6, 2004 – December 3, 2012
Preceded by Dede Alpert
Succeeded by Marty Block
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 76th district
In office
December 4, 2000 – December 6, 2004
Preceded by Susan Davis
Succeeded by Lori Saldaña
Member of San Diego City Council representing the Third District
In office
December 6, 1993 – December 4, 2000
Preceded by John Hartley
Succeeded by Toni Atkins
Personal details
Born (1950-10-03) October 3, 1950 (age 64)
Troy, New York
Political party Democratic
Residence San Diego, California
Alma mater State University of New York, Albany
Occupation Legislative aide
Newspaper editor

Christine T. Kehoe (born October 3, 1950) is an American politician from San Diego, California. A Democrat, she served from 2004 to 2012 as a member of the California State Senate representing the 39th district. She was previously a member of the California State Assembly (2000–2004) and of San Diego City Council (1993–2000).

Early life and activism[edit]

Kehoe was born in 1950 in Troy, New York. She earned a bachelor's degree from University at Albany, The State University of New York in 1977. She became active in politics in 1978 as a volunteer with the Center for Women's Studies and Services. In 1980, Senator Kehoe was San Diego County's chair for the campaign to defeat California Proposition 64 to restore AIDS to the state list of communicable diseases. She was editor of San Diego Gayzette during 1984–1986, coordinator of the San Diego AIDS Assistance Fund 1987–1988, executive director of the Hillcrest Business Association 1988–1989, and a city council aide during 1989–1992.

Kehoe, who is a lesbian,[1] is a strong supporter of equal rights for gays and lesbians. A former chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, she is one of four openly LGBT members of the California State Legislature, alongside Senator Mark Leno (D–San Francisco) and Assemblymembers Tom Ammiano (D–San Francisco), Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and John Pérez (D–Los Angeles).

City Council[edit]

Kehoe represented San Diego's 3rd City Council District from 1993 to 2000, and the 76th District in the California State Assembly from 2000 to 2004. She was the city's first openly gay elected official.[1] In 1998, she ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 49th Congressional District against incumbent Congressman Brian Bilbray, but was defeated.

As City Councilmember, she facilitated a decrease in crime in her district by initiating a public/private partnership that built a center housing a library, theater and Head Start classrooms, in addition to other community services. She was also instrumental in the construction of Interstate 15 after multiple delays.

State Assembly[edit]

Kehoe was first elected to the California State Assembly in 2000, winning the primary election unopposed and the general election with 61 percent of the vote.[2] She was re-elected without difficulty in 2002.

Kehoe was elected Assembly Speaker pro Tempore, the Assembly's second highest-ranking position. She is the second woman to hold the post.[3]

State Senate[edit]

After two terms in the Assembly, Kehoe ran for the California State Senate in 2004 to succeed Dede Alpert in the 39th district. Alpert was termed out in 2004 after eight years in the State Senate.

The district includes the San Diego County communities of City Heights, Clairemont, Del Mar, Emerald Hills, Encanto, Hillcrest, Kearny Mesa, La Jolla, Lemon Grove, Linda Vista, Mira Mesa, Mission Beach, Mission Hills, Mission Valley, Normal Heights, North Park, Ocean Beach, Old Town, Pacific Beach and Valencia Park.

She was re-elected in 2008. She left office in December 2012 due to term limits.

Post-Senate career[edit]

In November 2012 she announced that she will become executive director of the California Plug-In Vehicle Collaborative effective January 1, 2013. The collaborative, founded in July 2012, promotes the acceptance and availability of all-electric cars.[4]

Organizations and memberships[edit]

Kehoe has been an ardent supporter of increased environmental protection for the state's resources in her appointed position on the California Coastal Commission. Kehoe is a member of the Sierra Club, the National Organization for Women (NOW), National Women's Political Caucus, Uptown Democratic Club, and California Women in Government, the San Diego Democratic Club, and the Women's Transportation Seminar. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the California Elected Women's Association for Education and Research (CEWAER).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Yeager, Kenneth (1998). Trailblazers: Profiles of America's Gay and Lesbian Elected Officials. Haworth Press. p. 83. ISBN 0-7890-0299-X. 
  2. ^ California Secretary of State: 2000 election results
  3. ^ Sen. Christine Kehoe: biography
  4. ^ Gardner, Michael; Cadelago, Christopher (November 18, 2012). "Kehoe leving Senate, shifting her focus to alternative-fuel vehicles". San Diego Union Tribune. 

External links[edit]

California Assembly
Preceded by
Susan Davis
California State Assemblywoman, 76th Assembly District
2000-2004
Succeeded by
Lori Saldaña
California Senate
Preceded by
Dede Alpert
California State Senator, 39th Senate District
2004-2012
Succeeded by
Marty Block