Sheila Kuehl



Sheila Kuehl was first elected to represent Los Angeles County’s Third District in 2014. She was reelected to her second term in 2018.

She previously served eight years in the California State Senate and six years in the California State Assembly. She was the first woman in California history to be named Speaker Pro Tempore of the Assembly, and the first openly LGBTQ person to be elected to the California Legislature.

Prior to serving in the Legislature, Kuehl was a public-interest attorney. She drafted and fought to get into law more than 40 pieces of legislation relating to children, families, women, and domestic violence. She has also been a law professor at Loyola, UCLA, and USC Schools of Law, in addition to co-founding and serving as managing attorney of the California Women’s Law Center. And she was the Founding Director of the Public Policy Institute at Santa Monica College and was a Regents’ Professor in Public Policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

As a child, Kuehl played Zelda Gilroy in the television series “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.”


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Los Angeles, CA