Irwin in 2015
|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 44th district
|Assumed office |
December 1, 2014
|Preceded by||Jeff Gorell|
|Born||January 3, 1962|
Encino, Los Angeles, California
|Residence||Thousand Oaks, California|
|Alma mater||University of California, San Diego|
Jacqui Irwin (born January 3, 1962) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. She is a Democrat representing the 44th Assembly District, which encompasses portions of Ventura County and the city of Westlake Village. Prior to being elected to the Assembly in 2014, Irwin worked as a systems engineer at Johns Hopkins University and Teledyne, then served as a two-term Mayor and three-term City Councilmember in Thousand Oaks.
Early life and education
Irwin was born in the Tarzana neighborhood of Los Angeles to Dutch immigrants John and Barbara Van Egmond, and grew up in the Woodland Hills neighborhood. She graduated with a systems engineering degree from the University of California, San Diego, where she was an Academic All American swimmer.
After graduating from UC San Diego, Irwin worked as an engineer for three years at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, then for five years at Teledyne. In 2003, Irwin was appointed to the Thousand Oaks Planning Commission, ran for City Council the following year, and became mayor of Thousand Oaks in 2008.
In 2014, Irwin successfully ran as a Democrat in the race to represent California's 44th State Assembly district, defeating Republican opponent Rob McCoy. In her first term she sponsored multiple bills related to cybersecurity. Irwin was reelected in 2016, defeating Republican opponent Kerry Nelson. She was reelected again in 2018, defeating Republican opponent Ronda Baldwin-Kennedy.
In October 2019, Irwin pulled out of attending a fundraising event for the family of an officer killed in the Borderline shooting. An organizer of the event claimed that Irwin's withdrawal was due to the planned attendance of Ronda Kennedy, a Republican who lost to Irwin in the 2018 election. After the Ventura County Sheriff's Office also withdrew from the fundraiser, citing a policy of non-participation in political events, the event was postponed indefinitely.
Irwin married Jon Irwin, a corporate executive, in 1986, and has three children. After her efforts to remove provisions from the California Consumer Privacy Act in 2019, she received criticism for possible conflicts of interest based on her husband's position as COO of Ring. Irwin claimed that she consults with the Assembly's ethics officer on any potential conflicts of interest.
2014 California State Assembly
|Republican||Mario de la Piedra||13,116||24.2|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
2016 California State Assembly
|Democratic||Jacqui Irwin (incumbent)||63,992||60.9|
|Republican||Kerry J. Nelson||41,145||39.1|
|Democratic||Jacqui Irwin (incumbent)||107,084||59.0|
|Republican||Kerry J. Nelson||74,417||41.0|
2018 California State Assembly
|Democratic||Jacqui Irwin (incumbent)||44,028||51.9|
|Democratic||Jacqui Irwin (incumbent)||95,622||58.9|
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- Harris, Mike (October 2, 2019). "Fundraiser to honor sheriff's deputy killed in Borderline shooting postponed". Ventura County Star. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
- Melugin, Bill (October 1, 2019). "Borderline mass shooting charity event canceled due to Trump supporter controversy". Fox 11 Los Angeles. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
- Murphy, Katy. "Key lawmaker in California Privacy Act debate is married to Ring executive". Politico PRO. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
- Whitnall, Becca (October 10, 2019). "Politico piece suggests Irwin's marital ties present conflict". Thousand Oaks Acorn. Retrieved January 18, 2020.