Rebecca Bauer-Kahan

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Rebecca Bauer-Kahan
Rebecca Bauer-Kahan CA Assembly official photo.jpg
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 16th district
Assumed office
December 3, 2018
Preceded byCatharine Baker
Personal details
Born (1978-10-28) October 28, 1978 (age 42)
Santa Clara County, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceOrinda, California, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania (BA)
Georgetown University (JD)

Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (born October 28, 1978) is an American attorney and politician who serves in the California State Assembly. A Democrat, she represents the 16th Assembly District, which encompasses Lamorinda and the Tri-Valley region of the San Francisco Bay Area.[1]

Bauer-Kahan was first elected to the State Assembly in November 2018 after narrowly defeating the previous incumbent, moderate Republican Catharine Baker. She currently serves as the Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore of the Assembly and founded and chairs the Select Committee on Women's Reproductive Health.


Prior to being elected to the State Assembly, Bauer-Kahan was an attorney and taught appellate law and legal research and writing at Santa Clara University and Golden Gate University.[1][2][3] She is the granddaughter of refugees, who came to the United States to escape the Holocaust and she coordinated the legal services effort at SFO on behalf of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) to assist refugees and immigrants impacted by the Trump Administration’s travel ban.[4]

2018 California State Assembly election[edit]

California's 16th State Assembly district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Catharine Baker (incumbent) 69,360 56.6
Democratic Rebecca Bauer-Kahan 53,269 43.4
Total votes 122,629 100.0
General election
Democratic Rebecca Bauer-Kahan 111,222 51.0
Republican Catharine Baker (incumbent) 106,683 49.0
Total votes 217,905 100.0

2020 California State Assembly election[edit]

2020 California's 16th State Assembly district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (incumbent) 85,751 67.3%
Republican Joseph A. Rubay 41,757 32.7%
Total votes


  1. ^ a b Byrne, Trapper; Wildermuth, John (November 16, 2018). "Bay Area's lone GOP officeholder, Catharine Baker, concedes her Assembly race". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Communications. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  2. ^ "Biography". California State Assembly Democratic Caucus. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  3. ^ Alvero, Erika (September 26, 2017). "Two Democrats announce campaigns to unseat Assemblywoman Baker", Danville San Ramon. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  4. ^ Sernoffsky, Evan; Palomino, Joaquin; Alexander, Kurtis (January 29, 2017). "More than 1,000 protesters rally at SFO against immigration ban". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Communications. Retrieved January 8, 2020.

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