Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla was first elected to the Assembly in November 2010, and represents California’s 14th Assembly District, which includes Contra Costa County and Solano County. She chairs the Assembly Business, Professions, and Consumer Protection Committee, and sits on the Assembly Health Committee and the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee. She also chairs the Assembly Select Committee on Increasing the Integration of STEM Education in California K-14 Schools.
Last year, as Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, Susan worked with parents, teachers, school board members, advocates, and the Governor to craft the Local Control Funding Formula which provides a higher level of base funding for our K-12 schools – a remarkable turnaround after years of severe budget cuts to education. Susan also secured $1.25 billion in additional funding to implement Common Core state standards by providing professional development for teachers and technology upgrades for our schools.
Furthermore, Susan authored Assembly Bill 484 – one of the most important and revolutionary changes to education policy. Signed by the Governor in 2013, this law enables our schools to move away from outdated STAR tests and prepare students and teachers for better assessments that reflect the real world knowledge needed in tomorrow’s job market.
Through her steadfast leadership in protecting early childhood education programs, Susan saved transitional kindergarten, which gives our youngest learners the foundations they need to succeed. Susan has also authored historic legislation that expanded health care access for women, created the highest safety standards for California industrial sites while protecting manufacturing jobs, and provided more tools for law enforcement to keep our communities safe.
Prior to serving as a public official, Susan was a high school English teacher in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Susan earned her B.A. in English from Azusa Pacific University and her teaching credential from CSU Los Angeles. Susan and her husband, John, reside in Concord. They have four daughters and three grandchildren.