California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls Congratulates Commissioner and Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes on Her Appointment To Assembly Majority Leader
The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CCSWG) celebrates Speaker Rendon’s appointment of Commissioner Assemblywoman Eloise Gómez Reyes to the position of Assembly Majority Leader.
Commissioner and Assemblywoman Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-San Bernardino) made history when she became the first Latina to hold this position in December 2020. She is also the Chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee and serves on the Aging and Long-Term Care Committee, Budget Committee, Judiciary Committee, Utilities and Energy Committee and Legislative Ethics Committee.
A consistent champion for women and girls, Majority Leader Reyes is a fierce advocate in the Legislature for disadvantaged communities, seeking to bring much needed resources to the communities she serves. In her first two terms Eloise championed bills and issues to increase equity and inclusion in vulnerable communities throughout the state.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Eloise introduced AB 685 requiring businesses to notify their employees of their exposure to Covid-19 and report to public health authorities. Majority Leader Reyes recently introduced her first bill of , AB 47 which creates multi-tiered and coordinated immigration support services to children and families who have been separated at the border as a result of the Trump Administration’s “Zero Tolerance” immigration policy. AB 47 would direct the department of Social Services to partner with qualified organizations to provide a “multi-tiered and Coordinated Immigration Support Service” which would include initial triage and connection to resources including: culturally relevant physical and behavioral health care, legal services, and food and grocery resources.
The Commission is proud to support the efforts of its Commissioners to build a more equitable and just California for ALL, and Assemblymember Reyes is leading the charge to do just this “I have worked hard throughout my life to champion the rights and welfare of women and girls in this state. Before I was elected, I advocated for women in the Inland Empire as both an attorney and an educator,” said Majority Leader Reyes. “Since I came into office in 2016, I have authored legislation to advance equal pay and to empower women to seek justice for employment discrimination claims. As Majority Leader, I will continue to fight for policies that support the advancement of women in California, especially our working mothers and women of color.”
Eloise Gómez Reyes is the proud daughter of immigrants and has been a champion for her community throughout her career. The lack of access to quality legal services in her community led her to become the first Latina to open her own law firm in the Inland Empire in order to provide necessary representation.
Reyes was first elected to the 47th district in November 2016. This Assembly district includes Fontana, Rialto, Colton, Grand Terrace, San Bernardino and the unincorporated areas of Muscoy and Bloomington. She will lead a Democratic Assembly caucus in which 60 of the 80 seats are held by Democrats in what is known as a Supermajority.
The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls is comprised of 17 appointed Commissioners who work tirelessly to advance greater equality for women and girls inclusive of race and gender, through legislative advocacy and programs and partnerships focused on advancing women’s equality, pay equity, women’s wellbeing, workplace rights, positive images of women and girls in the media, and increasing the number of girls engaged in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (S.T.E.A.M.).
About Majority Leader Reyes
In 2016, Eloise Gómez Reyes was sworn in as a California State Assemblymember for the 47th Assembly District. She is the Chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee and also serves on the Aging and Long-Term Care Committee, Budget Committee, Judiciary Committee, Utilities and Energy Committee and Legislative Ethics Committee.
Upon being sworn in to her first term, Eloise was named Co-Chair to the Legislative Ethics Committee. In the second year of her first term, she was appointed Assistant Majority Whip – a leadership position that ensures that legislative floor session operates efficiently.
In 2018, in response to growing concerns regarding the workplace culture in the Legislature, Eloise was appointed to the Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response which produced recommendations to improve workplace protections for Legislative employees and others that interact with the Legislature, through the creation of the independent oversight entity, the Workplace Conduct Unit created to investigate and make recommendations on workplace harassment claims.
In her first two terms Eloise championed bills and issues that increase equity and inclusion in vulnerable communities throughout the state. These efforts include AB 2147 which lead a national conversation on second chances for inmate firefighters giving them a pathway to expunge their records and pursue a career in firefighting.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic Eloise introduced AB 685, which requires businesses to notify their employees if they have been exposed to Covid-19 and report that information to public health authorities.
Eloise, a proud daughter of immigrants, has been a champion for her community throughout her career. The lack of access to quality legal services in her community led her to become the first Latina to open her own law firm in the Inland Empire in order to provide necessary representation to her community.
Eloise graduated from Colton High School and received her A.A. from San Bernardino Valley College. She received her Bachelors of Science degree at the University of Southern California and then Eloise went on to earn her law degree from Loyola Law School.
Eloise is honored to serve the constituents of the 47th Assembly District for her third term and is committed to working with her community to build a better quality of life for all residents of the Inland Empire.
The selection of a San Bernardino-based assemblywoman as Assembly Majority Leader could benefit the often-neglected Inland Empire, activists and analysts say.
“In her time in the Assembly, Assemblymember Reyes has proven herself to be an outstanding legislator and a natural leader,” said Rendon. “On a personal note, she’s also been a wonderful friend. I am happy to welcome her to the important role of Majority Leader. Her strong work ethic and progressive ideals will benefit every Californian.”
I have worked hard throughout my life to champion the rights and welfare of women and girls in this state…As Majority Leader, I will continue to fight for policies that support the advancement of women in California, especially our working mothers and women of color.