Steven Bradford was elected to represent the 51st District in the California Assembly in 2009. He was re-elected in 2010 and, with 75% of the vote, was elected once more to represent the brand new 62nd District, comprised of the historic and culturally rich communities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lennox, El Segundo, Del Aire, Marina del Rey, West Athens, Westmont and parts of Los Angeles.
Assembly Member Bradford has a long history in the 62nd District, particularly his hometown of Gardena, where his family moved when he was nine years old. After attending Purche Avenue Elementary School, Henry Clay Junior High School and Gardena High School, Bradford earned a degree in political science from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Bradford made history as the first African American member of the Gardena City Council, a position he held for 12 years. During his time on the Council, he presided over job and business growth and a balanced budget for the city. In 2009 he took those governing skills to Sacramento when he was elected to represent the 51st Assembly District. He was re-elected in 2010, and in 2012 he was elected once again to represent the redrawn 62nd District.
Bradford’s time in the Assembly has been marked by his Chairmanship of the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce, which has legislative jurisdiction over electricity, natural gas, telecommunications, private water corporations and other issues related to commerce. Actions taken in this committee affect California homeowners and businesses, the economy, jobs, and the environment.
Bradford has put to use the knowledge he gained from his earlier career as a public affairs executive at Southern California Edison to focus on safety, reliable energy supplies, affordable rates, energy efficiency and job creation. Bradford seeks to expand clean energy and create jobs for all Californians while stimulating prudent investments in new technologies and keeping rates affordable.
In his role as Chair, Bradford has garnered national attention presiding over important hearings investigating major power outages, and how federal, state, and local authorities might better respond to such events and prevent them from happening in the future.
He has also authored major legislation strengthening California’s commitment to renewable energy (AB 2187), protecting homeowners by giving them access to important information about natural gas pipelines near their homes (AB 1511), and increasing penalties on pipeline companies for safety violations (AB 2201). His cost-benefit study bill of California’s net energy metering (NEM) program has been covered by major news outlets like Bloomberg and the San Francisco Chronicle for its approach to ensuring equitable cost-sharing of grid maintenance (AB 2514).
In addition to his role as Chair of the Utilities Committee, Bradford also serves on the Appropriations, Insurance, and Local Government Committees.
Bradford has also authored important legislation in other areas, including:
Public Safety and Corrections:
- AB 1384: amends the California Penal Code to give courts more discretion to expunge misdemeanors and infractions from the criminal records of persons who have otherwise demonstrated good behavior and rehabilitation.
- AB 2035: establishes a definition of electronic “skimming” and a process to report electronic theft of a grant or benefit issued through the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system.
- AB 1799: establishes a timeframe of 10 school days by which student records must be transferred from the previous school district to the new district.
- AB 2262: ensures that school districts are able to distribute parent handbooks at the start of each school year electronically.
- AB 1386: aims to increase the number of businesses owned by women, minorities, and disabled veterans who contract with California's largest cable and satellite providers. AB 1386 asks cable and satellite providers operating in the state to voluntarily adhere to those same standards. The bill also requires the CPUC to publish those reports on its website.
Energy and Utilities:
- AB 1392: gives the California Energy Commission authority to fully utilize funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on energy efficiency programs before their expiration.
- AB 2227: eliminates duplicative and confusing reporting requirements by consolidating them into a single, coherent section of the Public Utilities Code.
- AB 2516: tasking the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) with reducing costs to consumers, maximizing reliability, and improving communications among balancing coordinators throughout California.
- AB 2584: requires every electrical and gas utility that has an unplanned service outage resulting from an accident or natural event to preserve evidence of the outage for review by the Public Utilities Commission.
As Bradford gears up to represent a new district, his priorities remain focused on: utility ratepayer protection; energy efficiency and alternative energy, including wind, solar, fuel cells, bio gas, and bio waste; securing access to contracts for women, minority, and disabled veteran-owned businesses; job growth; and quality education for K-12 and college students, with a special focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) training that will prepare our students for the high-tech, knowledge economy that awaits them.