California State Senator, District 9
Nancy Skinner is California’s state senator for District 9, which includes cities in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. She was elected to the state senate in 2016 after completing three terms in the state assembly. She currently serves as chair of the senate’s Budget and Fiscal Review Committee and of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus. She has authored groundbreaking laws including SB 206, the Fair Pay to Play Act, making California the first state to give college athletes the right to earn money from their name, image, and likeness; SB 1421, opening up police misconduct records for the first time in 40 years; and SB 1437, overhauling California’s felony murder rule. She began her public service in 1984 as the first and only student elected to the Berkeley City Council. She served on the board of the East Bay Women’s Political Caucus and launched the Women in Power PAC to support Democratic women running for state office. She is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, earning a BS and an MA in education.