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Laura Friedman on the steps of the Capitol Building in 2018.
|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 43rd district
|Assumed office |
December 5, 2016
|Preceded by||Mike Gatto|
|Mayor of Glendale, California|
April 2011 – April 2012
|Preceded by||Ara Najarian|
|Succeeded by||Frank Quintero|
|Glendale City Councilmember|
|Born||December 3, 1966|
|Alma mater||University of Rochester|
Laura Friedman (born December 3, 1966) is an American politician serving in the California State Assembly. A Democrat, she represents the 43rd Assembly District, encompassing the cities of Glendale, Burbank, La Cañada Flintridge, portions of Los Angeles and the unincorporated community of La Crescenta-Montrose.
Since 2000, Friedman has owned and managed a small business (PlanetGlass.net), a web-based art glass dealership. Between 1998 and 1999, Friedman was the Vice President of Development at Cort/Madden Company. Between 1994 and 1997, Friedman was the Vice President of Development at Rysher Entertainment, where she oversaw the production of approximately ten feature films annually as well as extensive television programming. In 1995, Friedman was the co-producer of the Warner Brothers release It Takes Two. In 1996 she was associate producer of House Arrest; executive producer of Foxfire,; executive producer of the family film Zeus and Roxanne; and associate producer of the independent film Aberration, which was released by LIVE Entertainment.
After serving seven years on the Glendale City Council, including a term as the Mayor of Glendale, Laura Friedman was elected to the California State Assembly in 2016. During her first term in office, Laura authored a package of bills to establish landmark water efficiency standards, strengthen environmental sustainability, improve access to higher education, health care, and transportation alternatives, and create new avenues for communities to tackle the affordable housing crisis. In addition, she secured $20 million in funding for the completion of the Glendale Riverwalk Project, which for the first time will provide a safe bicycle and pedestrian connection from Glendale to Griffith Park. She has been tapped for several leadership roles in the legislature and currently serves as the Assistant Speaker pro Tempore for the Assembly and the Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. As the Chair of the Joint Rules Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response, she’s led a historic bicameral and bipartisan reform of the legislature’s response to sexual harassment that’s become a model for other states and local governments.
2016 California State Assembly election
|California's 43rd State Assembly district election, 2016|
|Democratic||Andrew J. Blumenfield||13,309||12.8|
|Republican||Alexandra A. Bustamante||6,524||6.3|
|Democratic||Dennis R. Bullock||4,294||4.1|
|American Independent||Aaron Cervantes||1,873||1.8|
Born to a Jewish family, Friedman was raised in South Florida. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester in New York. She is married to Guillaume Lemoine, a professional landscape designer.
- City of Glendale website
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