Michael Allen (California politician)
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|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 7th district
December 6, 2010 – November 30, 2012
|Preceded by||Noreen Evans|
|Succeeded by||Roger Dickinson|
January 2, 1947 |
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Residence||Santa Rosa, California, U.S.|
|Profession||Lawyer, registered nurse|
Michael Allen (born January 2, 1947, Los Angeles, California) is an American politician who served in the California State Assembly. He is a Democrat. Prior to being elected to the state assembly, he was a member of the Santa Rosa Planning Commission and District Director for then-State Senator Pat Wiggins.
Michael Allen was a psychiatric nurse for the Sonoma County Mental Health Department's Psychiatric Crisis Clinic and Inpatient Unit.[when?] He put himself through Empire College School of Law, graduating in 1979.
Allen then[when?] was employed by Earthjustice (then called the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, although it was independent from the Sierra Club), where he worked on the Warm Springs Dam initiative.[? clarification needed]
Allen then[when?] was employed by the Sonoma County Organization of Public Employees (SCOPE) as a negotiator. After SCOPE affiliated with the Service Employees International Union as Local 707, the membership promoted Allen to Executive Director of Local 707. His accomplishments include successfully establishing a childcare center, advocating for civil service reform, and utilizing innovative techniques to expand the union membership from 1,000 to 8,000. He served nine terms as the President of the North Bay Labor Council. In 2007, State Senator Pat Wiggins asked Allen to accept the position of District Director for her five regional offices that serve over 880,000 constituents.
Allen practices labor law, representing unions.
Election to State Assembly
On November 2, 2010, Allen was elected to succeed Noreen Evans as the representative of the 7th Assembly district, winning 63.8% of the vote in the general election. He currently serves as Assistant Majority Floor Leader in the California State Assembly. He is the first Latino to represent the 7th district.
The statewide redistricting in 2011 significantly changed the 7th District, and the redrawn district excluded Allen's residence. Allen moved to San Rafael in Marin County to run for election in the open 10th Assembly district in 2012, but lost reelection.
Allen was raised in Los Angeles, California by his mother. When his father died when he was 6 years old, his mother raised him on her own and worked as a seamstress to support them.