Kevin de León
|Kevin de León|
|de Léon in 2012|
|Member of the California Senate
from the 22nd district
December 6, 2010
|Preceded by||Gil Cedillo|
|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 45th district
December 4, 2006 – December 6, 2010
|Preceded by||Jackie Goldberg|
|Succeeded by||Gil Cedillo|
|Born||San Diego, California|
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
|Alma mater||Pitzer College
University of California, Santa Barbara
|Occupation||Senior Associate, National Education Association|
Kevin de León is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, elected to serve Los Angeles County's 22nd Senatorial district in November 2010. The district includes Downtown Los Angeles, East Hollywood, Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Mt. Washington, Lincoln Heights, South Los Angeles, the Cities of Alhambra, South Pasadena, San Marino, Vernon and Maywood, and unincorporated portions of Los Angeles County.
De León served four years as a State Assembly member for the 45th district that included Hollywood, Thai Town, Little Armenia, Historic Filipiniotown, Echo Park, Chinatown, El Sereno, Silverlake, Atwater Village, Mount Washington, Montecito Heights, Highland Park, Glassell Park and East Los Angeles.
Kevin de Leon has been linked to an ongoing scandal of illegal payments/bribes, and federal investigation of his fellow CA Senator Ronald S. Calderon. Although de Leon denies involvement in the scandal, he has not been cleared of any wrong doing as of December 2013.
In Feburuary of 2014, the media has reported that Senator DeLeon is included in the list of 37 California state politicians warned by the FPPC after their campaigns were benefited by California lobbyist Kevin Sloat. Sloat was found guilty of violating state laws in regards to lobbying and was subsequently ordered to pay $133,500 in fines for his actions.
De León taught English as a Second Language and U.S. Citizenship. During his five years at the California Teachers Association, De León worked to procure more funding for "high-priority schools" in low-income neighborhoods, more school construction, and health insurance for children. He also worked as a Senior Associate for the National Education Association in Washington, D.C.
De León is an advocate of gun control. He proposed an annual permit tax of up to $50 to pay for background checks for criminal records and mental illness. In February 2008, as an assemblyman, De Léon introduced AB 2062 regulating sales of handgun ammunition; the bill passed the Assembly but died in the Senate. In December 2012, De León introduced Bill SB 53 in the California Legislature, in which he proposed stricter gun control by requiring ammunition buyer permit requirement and face-to-face ammo sales only at licensed dealers. De Leon has also criticized NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.
DeLeon was the sponsor and author of California Assembly Bill 962[better source needed] (AB 962) a gun control law in California, later signed into law by Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger on October 11, 2009. AB 962 was set to take effect on February 1, 2011, but was ruled unconstitutional by Fresno Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Hamilton on January 18, 2011, in Parker v. California.[better source needed]
DeLeon drew the ire of gun rights advocates following a January, 2014 press conference, in which he improperly and ignorantly used various pieces of weapon terminology interchangeably. He did so in a way that both contradicted the actual functions of those items, and incorrectly claimed that a semiautomatic firearm was capable of firing as many as thirty rounds in one half of one second, which is a higher rate of fire than the MG 42 heavy machine gun and similar to that of the airplane-mounted GAU-12 Equalizer:
This is a ghost gun. This right here has [sic] ability, with a thirty caliber clip, to disperse thirty bullets within half a second. Thirty magazine clip... in half a second.
08/15/2013 - SB 53 was held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee and put on the suspense file. This indicates that the bill is suspended from further committee action
- McGreevy, Patrick (December 16, 2013). "Sen. Kevin De Leon denies role in contribution to Calderon group". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
- Sen. Kevin De Leon leads gun control campaign in California
- "State Assembly Narrowly Approves Legislation to Require Handgun Ammunition Dealers to be Licensed". YubaNet.com. May 30, 2008. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
- California State Legislature
- State Sen. Kevin de Leon talks gun control and the NRA
- Video on YouTube