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  Kuehl, Sheila J.
NameSheila J. Kuehl
Los Angeles, California , United States
Born February 09, 1941 (80 years)
ContributorSummer Intern
Last ModifedDavid
Feb 09, 2021 05:13pm
Tags Lesbian -
Info Sheila James Kuehl was elected to the State Senate in 2000 after serving for six years in the State Assembly. During the 1997-98 legislative session, she was the first woman in California history to be named Speaker pro Tempore of the Assembly. She is also the first openly gay or lesbian person to be elected to the California Legislature. A former pioneering civil rights attorney and law professor, Ms. Kuehl represents the 23rd Senate District in Los Angeles County. She is the chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee and sits on the Budget, Health, Judiciary, and Labor committees, among others. Ms. Kuehl is also chair of the Select Committee on School Safety and Chair of the Select Committee on Health Care for All Californians. Ms. Kuehl is also a member of the Committee to Investigate Price Manipulation of the Wholesale Energy Market.

In her eight years in the State Legislature, Sen. Kuehl has authored one hundred-nine bills that have been signed into law, including legislation to establish paid family leave, establish the rights contained in Roe vs. Wade in California statute, overhaul California�s child support services system; establish nurse to patient ratios in every hospital; require that housing developments of more than 500 units have identified sources of water; further protect domestic violence victims and their children; prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender and disability in the workplace and sexual orientation in education; increase the rights of crime victims; safeguard the environment and drinking water; and many, many others. She is the author of currently pending legislation to establish Universal Health Care for all Californians through a single payer system. She was selected to address the 1996 Democratic National Convention on the issue of family violence and the 2000 Democratic National Convention on the issue of diversity. In 1996, George magazine selected her as one of the 20 most fascinating women in politics and the California Journal named her "Rookie of the Year." In 1998 and, again, in 2000, the California Journal chose her as the Assembly member with the greatest intelligence and the most integrity.

Prior to her election to the Legislature, Senator Kuehl drafted and fought to get into California law more than 40 pieces of legislation relating to children, families, women, and domestic violence. She was a law professor at Loyola, UCLA and USC Law Schools and co-founded and served as managing attorney of the California Women�s Law Center.

Senator Kuehl graduated from Harvard Law School in 1978 where she was the second woman in the school�s history to win the Moot Court competition. She is currently a member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers.

In her youth, she was known for her portrayal of the irrepressible Zelda Gilroy in the television series, "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis."



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Feb 28, 2007 03:00pm Proposed Legislation Senator to take second stab at health care bill  Article CBlock941 

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