Henry Stern (American politician)

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Henry Stern
Member of the California State Senate
from the 27th district
Assumed office
December 5, 2016
Preceded byFran Pavley
Personal details
Born (1982-04-12) April 12, 1982 (age 37)
Malibu, California
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Alexandra Kaufman
ParentsDaniel Stern
Laure Mattos
ResidenceCalabasas, California
Alma materHarvard University
UC Berkeley School of Law
ProfessionEnvironmental Attorney

Henry I. Stern (born April 12, 1982) is an American politician elected to the California State Senate. He is a Democrat representing the 27th district, encompassing parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. He was elected in November 2016. Prior to being elected to the State Senate, he was an environmental attorney and senior advisor to his predecessor Fran Pavley. He is the first Millennial elected to the California State Senate. He was also an American law lecturer at University of California, Los Angeles.[1]

Stern has served as counsel to Congressman Henry Waxman on the House Energy & Commerce Committee to help construct clean energy projects for businesses. He has also taught civics, founded a tech incubator, and advocated for juvenile justice.

Born to a Jewish family,[2] Stern is the son of actor Daniel Stern, an actor best known for his role as Marvin "Marv" Merchants in the films Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. He is a graduate of Harvard University and a former high school and collegiate water polo player.[3]

California's 27th State Senate District Race[edit]

Henry Stern represented the Democratic Party in the 2016 race for California's 27th State Senate district against Republican Steve Fazio.[4] On November 9, 2016, he was elected for California's 27th District State Senate.[5]


Stern ran on a platform of five main issues in the 2016 elections. These included standing up to oil and gas companies, fighting to create incentives for companies to create "clean transportation and renewable energy infrastructure," improving the economy with small businesses, clean technology, good-paying jobs and job training, supporting education by securing funding, and creating safer communities by providing funding to local governments. [6]


During the 2016 election, Stern was endorsed by Senator Fran Pavley, the Sierra Club, the California League of Conservation Voters, teachers and school board members from Los Angeles and Ventura county school districts, the Association of Los Angeles County Sheriffs, and the California Association of Highway Patrolmen. [7] He was endorsed by elected officials such as President Barack Obama and Governor Jerry Brown, among many more. Publications such as the Ventura County Star and Ventura County Signal endorsed him as well. [8]

In popular culture[edit]

Henry's father, Daniel Stern, performed the narrative voiceover of adult Kevin Arnold for the hit television series The Wonder Years for six seasons. At the end of the show's series finale, Henry delivered the next-to-last line of the entire series when he called to his father--in voiceover--"Hey Dad, wanna play catch?" to which his father replies "I'll be right there." [9]


  1. ^ "Biography Page". UCLA.
  2. ^ Arom, Eitan (January 6, 2017). "Jewish state legislators ready to make an impact". Jewish Journal.
  3. ^ Sabala, Michael C. (2000-10-16). "Harvard Crushes Yale and Dartmouth | Sports | The Harvard Crimson". Thecrimson.com. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  4. ^ "Election 2016: Steve Fazio and Henry Stern advance in Senate District 27 race". Retrieved 2016-11-09.
  5. ^ "California 27th District State Senate Results: Henry Stern Wins". Retrieved 2016-11-09.
  6. ^ https://www.henrysternforsenate.com/district-issues/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ https://www.henrysternforsenate.com/district-issues/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ https://www.henrysternforsenate.com/henrys-supporters/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "'The Wonder Years' at 30: How the voice of Kevin Arnold was hired, fired, then rehired". Retrieved 2018-02-01.

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