Michael Allen (California politician)

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Michael Allen
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 7th district
In office
December 6, 2010 – November 30, 2012
Preceded by Noreen Evans
Succeeded by Roger Dickinson
Personal details
Born (1947-01-02) January 2, 1947 (age 67)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Residence Santa Rosa, California, U.S.
Profession Lawyer, registered nurse

Michael Allen (born January 2, 1947, Los Angeles, California) is an American politician who served in the California State Assembly. He is a Democrat. Prior to being elected to the state assembly, he was a member of the Santa Rosa Planning Commission and District Director for then-State Senator Pat Wiggins.

Early career[edit]

Michael Allen was a psychiatric nurse for the Sonoma County Mental Health Department's Psychiatric Crisis Clinic and Inpatient Unit.[when?] He put himself through Empire College School of Law, graduating in 1979.

Allen then[when?] was employed by Earthjustice (then called the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, although it was independent from the Sierra Club), where he worked on the Warm Springs Dam initiative.[? clarification needed]

Allen then[when?] was employed by the Sonoma County Organization of Public Employees (SCOPE) as a negotiator. After SCOPE affiliated with the Service Employees International Union as Local 707, the membership promoted Allen to Executive Director of Local 707. His accomplishments include successfully establishing a childcare center, advocating for civil service reform, and utilizing innovative techniques to expand the union membership from 1,000 to 8,000. He served nine terms as the President of the North Bay Labor Council. In 2007, State Senator Pat Wiggins asked Allen to accept the position of District Director for her five regional offices that serve over 880,000 constituents.[1]

He was appointed to the Santa Rosa Planning Commission in 2009 and served as Chair of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) Citizens Oversight Committee.[2]

Allen practices labor law, representing unions.

Election to State Assembly[edit]

On November 2, 2010, Allen was elected to succeed Noreen Evans as the representative of the 7th Assembly district, winning 63.8%[3] of the vote in the general election.

The statewide redistricting in 2011 significantly changed the 7th District, and the redrawn district excluded Allen's residence. Allen moved to San Rafael in Marin County to run for election in the open 10th Assembly district in 2012, but lost reelection.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Allen was raised in Los Angeles, California by his mother. When his father died when he was 6 years old, his mother raised him on her own and worked as a seamstress to support them.

Allen resides in San Rafael, California; he has five grown children. [5]

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