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Meet Chris Holden

Dedicated to Public Service and Progressive Solutions that Work

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Chris Holden is a husband, father, Pasadena resident, former small business owner, lifelong Democrat, and dedicated public servant. In 2012, he was elected to represent the San Gabriel Valley Foothill communities in the California State Assembly.

Chris dedicated his service to pursuing progressive solutions that work for Los Angeles County, helping millions access economic and educational opportunities.

Elected to the Pasadena City Council at age 28, Chris was the 2nd African American to serve as Mayor in city history. Under his leadership, Pasadena created its first living wage ordinance to ensure that workers could earn decent pay for their hard work and contribute to the local economy. Chris also managed the deregulation of the city's public utility in a way that preserved local jobs while keeping rates lower than in the private marketplace. He also created the task force that led to the creation of Paseo Colorado and reconnected the historic civic center and new convention center, a key project that has helped small businesses and contributed to the revitalization of downtown Pasadena.

Chris Holden is
A Champion for Equity

Throughout his time in the Assembly, Chris Holden has fought for equity and justice in the classroom, the workplace, transportation, and the criminal justice system. He has authored and led the passage of legislation that:

  • Allows high school students to take community college courses. The College and Career Access Pathways dual enrollment program helps close the achievement gap and reduces the time and money needed to earn a degree.

  • Improves standards for wages, work schedules, and workplace conditions for Fast Food Workers.

  • Requires police officers to intercede when witnessing excessive use of force by their colleagues, known as the "George Floyd Law."

  • Protects young children by mandating childcare centers test their drinking water sources for lead.
  • Secures $89 million to retain vital services for individuals with disabilities, including Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and intellectual disabilities.

  • Addresses discrimination in the real estate appraisal process.
  • Streamlines foster youth enrollment into college educational assistance programs.

  • Requires idle and abandoned oil and gas wells to test for atmospheric emissions of hydrocarbon pollutants.
  • Provides millions in state funding for public libraries, hiking trails, the Pasadena Playhouse, and the Rose Bowl Stadium.

Chris Holden has worked to ensure California protects reproductive rights and LGBTQ+ equality, expanding access to prosperity for everyone, regardless of their background.

Early Advocate for the Gold Line

Chris worked to get the Gold Line started, and it's been a solution that works to address climate change and increase economic benefits in the San Gabriel Valley.

He was appointed to the Pasadena Light Rail Alignment Task Force. His leadership was instrumental in the planning and execution of the initial stops connecting Pasadena to Downtown LA. In the Assembly, Chris continued to help extend the Gold Line further, securing $290 million in funding for six new stations and introducing a plan to have the Gold Line connect the Burbank and Ontario airports.

Pasadena, CA
BSBA from San Diego State University
Melanie Holden
Democratic Party
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