Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) was elected to the California State Senate in 2008 and re-elected in 2012 to represent the newly drawn 25th District. She represented the 44th Assembly District from 2000-2006. Prior to her election to the State Assembly, Carol served eight years as a La Cañada Flintridge City Councilmember, including two terms as Mayor. Carol was born in Berkeley and raised in Oakland. She graduated from San Jose State College, earned a lifetime teaching credential and an administrative credential from UC-Berkeley, and spent 17 years working in public schools.
Carol’s legislative agenda has focused on improving the public education system and assuring access for all students to a quality education. She has also committed herself to improving services to the state’s disadvantaged populations. A related area of concentration has been prison reform. Carol believes to break the cycle of crime you must break the cycle of poverty and that education is the key to upward mobility.
Many bills Carol authored have been signed into law including bills to improve community college student success, provide access to adult education, protect foster and homeless youth, prevent domestic violence, reduce poverty and homelessness, and facilitate alternative custody, rehabilitation and re-entry programs for the incarcerated.
In 2012, Carol observed that though the state was beginning to emerge from the recession, many folks and families were being left behind. She then instituted her Pathways to Wellbeing and Economic Prosperity program. The kick-off event for Pathways was a convening of government and non-government service providers, education institutions and public safety representatives to discuss how to better collaborate and coordinate services to assist those living in poverty. The following year she conducted a statewide poverty tour to highlight effective programs providing wrap around services for those in need. Pathways continues to provide assistance and direct those in need to resources through a website portal and special events for veterans, seniors, foster youth, the formerly incarcerated, and victims of domestic violence.
Carol chairs the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Aging and Long Term Care. She is a member of the Elections and Constitutional Amendments, Human Services, Insurance, and Public Safety Committees.