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She was first elected in 1992, to represent the largely Latino 50th Assembly Disttrict.
Currently, Senator Escutia serves as Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (EU&C) and was recently elected the first woman Chair of the 27 member strong California Legislative Latino Caucus.
As a Senator, Martha Escutia has held key leadership positions including: Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee as a freshman senator, the first Latina Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the first woman Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee and Chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus.
Throughout her career, Senator Escutia has championed universal health care for children and is recognized as the creator of Healthy Families. Seeking to protect California’s children from unhealthy levels of air contaminants, she established the first-ever Children’s Environmental Health Protection Act.
A staunch supporter of school reform and equality, she has been instrumental in reducing class sizes in California, making Advanced Placement classes accessible for all California students and working tirelessly to ensure that struggling students have access to high-quality remedial education programs. As a well-known advocate in the fight against childhood obesity, Senator Escutia authored legislation known as SB 19, later signed into law, which limited the availability of junk food for children on school campuses.
Placing consumer advocacy at the forefront of her agenda, Senator Escutia was also successful in passing legislation to implement the first low-cost auto insurance program for low-income residents in Los Angeles and San Francisco counties.
The California Labor Federation AFL-CIO named her “Legislator of the Year” for her advocacy on behalf of working men and women. Her outstanding work on environmental issues has brought recognition from the California League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club and the American Lung Association. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has commemorated her “Commitment to the People of Los Angeles County.” She was also awarded the “Good Housekeeping Award for Women in Government” for her work on the Children’s Environmental Health Protections. In 1999, the California School Boards Association gave her it's "Legislator of the Year Award" for her efforts on behalf of schoolchildren and K-12 education.
In November of 2005, The Corona New Primary Center in Bell, California was dedicated The Martha Escutia Primary Center in honor of the California Senate Representative.
Senator Escutia is an honors graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in Public Administration, and received her law degree form Georgetown University. She holds certificates in Advanced International Legal Studies of Trade and Tariffs from the World Court at The Hague, Netherlands, and in Foreign Investment from the National Autonomous University in Mexico City.
A native of East Los Angeles, Senator Escutia is married and the mother of two young sons, Andres and Diego.