Fran Pavley

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Fran Pavley
Fran Pavley 2012.jpg
Pavley in 2012
Member of the California State Senate
from the 27th district
23rd district (2008–2012)
Assumed office
December 1, 2008
Preceded by Sheila Kuehl
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 41st district
In office
December 4, 2000 – December 4, 2006
Preceded by Sheila Kuehl
Succeeded by Julia Brownley
Personal details
Born (1948-11-11) November 11, 1948 (age 67)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Andy
Children Jennifer
Residence Agoura Hills, California
Alma mater California State University, Northridge
California State University, Fresno
Occupation Teacher
Religion Protestant

Frances J. "Fran" Pavley (born November 11, 1948[1]) is a Democratic politician who currently represents California's 27th State Senate district, including portions of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. She previously represented Senate District 23, served as a state Assemblywoman, and served as the first Mayor of Agoura Hills. She served as a Mayor and Councilwoman for four terms. She has lived in Agoura Hills with her husband, Andy, for over 30 years, where they raised their two children, as well as four guide dogs.


Senator Fran Pavley is a native Angeleno and grew up in Sherman Oaks. She has spent her lifetime living and working in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties as a parent, an educator and elected official.

She received her master's degree in Environmental Planning at CSU Northridge, taught middle school for 28 years and completed her teaching career in Moorpark. In 1982, Senator Pavley became the first mayor of the City of Agoura Hills, and served four terms on the city council. In 2000, she was elected to the California state Assembly where she served three terms.

Local politics[edit]

During Pavley's time as Mayor, she founded the "Disaster Response Team," authored the city's "Transit Needs Study," and helped her city establish a new community center and gym as well as an equestrian facility. In 1997, she was awarded the "Distinguished Leadership Award" by the American Planning Association for her efforts.

Pavley was also a member of the California Coastal Commission from 1995 to 2000. She was a member of the Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy Advisory Committee and was President of the LA County Division League of California Cities in 1996.

State Assembly[edit]

Pavley was elected to represent the 41st Assembly District at the California State Assembly for the maximum of three 2-year terms, from 2000 to 2006. Pavley was a member of the Assembly Budget Committee, the Education Committee, the Transportation Committee, and the Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee. She was the Chair of the Budget Committee on Resources [1].


Some of Senator Pavley’s legislative victories in the Senate include laws stiffening penalties for mortgage fraud; banning lead and cadmium in children’s jewelry; and California's first regulations for oil and gas well stimulation techniques like fracking and acidizing. In 2011, Senator Pavley authored a new law improving California’s business climate by implementing regulatory reform. This bill requires agencies to more rigorously assess the economic impacts, including the benefits, of major regulations before they are adopted.

While in the Assembly she authored landmark laws combating climate change by capping greenhouse gas emissions in California. Those laws, AB 1493 and AB 32, have become models for other states and nations. In 2010 the president implemented national clean car standards, modeled on AB 1493 (Clean Car Regulations), also known as the "Pavley law." During a special ceremony in the White House Rose Garden, the president personally thanked Senator Pavley for her work on creating a clean, safe, secure energy future for California and the United States.

State Senate[edit]

Pavley was elected to the 23rd state Senate District in 2008 by a wide margin. In 2012, redistricting changed the legislative boundaries and she ran in the 27th State Senate District in 2012. That year she had a competitive race against former Deputy District Attorney Todd Zink and won by 54% to 46%, less than expected.[2] Senator Pavley represents approximately 931,000 people in the 27th District which includes parts of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. She serves as the Chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee. In addition, Senator Pavley is a member of the following Senate committees: Health, Energy, Utilities and Communications; Transportation and Housing, as well as Environmental Quality. She also chairs a Select Committee on Climate Change and AB 32 Implementation, and serves on the Select Committee on Autism.

Senator Pavley’s top priorities include the economy, education, transportation, energy, the environment, public safety, consumer protection, and the developmentally disabled community.

These goals are reflected in Senator Pavley’s legislative package for the 2013-14 legislative session. She is carrying legislation to pass regulations to demanding more disclosure around hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) for oil and gas in California, as well as a bill to deliver a water bond to voters that will address the state’s long-term water needs in a cost-effective manner. She is working to increase the supply of cleaner alternative fuel and energy efficiency projects for our schools and other public buildings. Finally, she is continuing her work on sex crimes by authoring bills to raise potential prison sentences for child pornography possession and ensure that police at centers for the developmentally disabled conduct proper sexual assault investigations.

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