27th District State Senator Fran Pavley, Guest Dignitary Profile
27th District State Senator Fran Pavley
Senator Fran Pavley is a native Angeleno and grew up in Sherman Oaks. She has spent her lifetime living and working in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties as a parent, an educator and elected official. In 2000, she was elected to the California State Assembly where she served three terms. Currently, Senator Pavley represents approximately 931,000 people in the 27th district which includes parts of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
Senator Pavley serves as the Chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee. In addition, Senator Pavley is a member of the following Senate committees: Health, Energy, Utilities and Communications; Transportation and Housing, as well as Environmental Quality. Senator Pavley’s top priorities include the economy, education, transportation, energy, the environment, public safety, consumer protection, and the developmentally disabled community.
Some of Senator Pavley’s legislative victories in the Senate include laws stiffening penalties for mortgage fraud; banning lead and cadmium in children’s jewelry; and economic development through creating new clean energy jobs. In 2011, Senator Pavley authored a new law improving California’s business climate by implementing regulatory reform. This bill requires agencies to more rigorously assess the economic impacts, including the benefits, of major regulations before they are adopted.
Senator Pavley has also worked hard to address local transportation priorities. For instance, she has helped secure funds for important local transportation projects; including the construction of the Orange Line bus way and the installation of much-needed traffic signals in San Fernando Valley. She is a member of the Pacific Coast Highway Task Force and has worked with the CHP to coordinate funding to reduce DUI’s on Highway 101.
In 2013, she successfully carried legislation to end unregulated hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and other oil extraction practices in California to ensure accountability and provide data to inform future policy decisions. She also co-authored legislation to invest $2 billion in successful air quality and clean vehicle and fuel technology programs. In addition, she carried bills that will raise the maximum penalty for child pornography possession and ensure that police at centers for the developmentally disabled conduct proper sexual assault investigations.
She lives with her husband Andy, a veteran and a life long teacher, in Agoura Hills where they raised their two children and four guide dogs.