|Member of the California Senate|
from the 30th district
|Assumed office |
March 11, 2021
|Preceded by||Holly Mitchell|
|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 54th district
April 16, 2018 – March 11, 2021
|Preceded by||Sebastian Ridley-Thomas|
|Los Angeles Community College District|
Board of Trustees Seat 3
July 8, 2015 – April 16, 2018
|Born||July 20, 1972|
Chicago, Illinois, US
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
Carnegie Mellon University
Sydney Kamlager (born July 20, 1972) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Senate. She is a Democrat representing Senate District 30, encompassing Mid-City Los Angeles, the Crenshaw community, Baldwin Hills, Ladera Heights, Windsor Hills, all of Culver City, and parts of Westside Los Angeles. Prior to being elected to the State Senate, Kamlager served in the California State Assembly and as a Trustee for the Los Angeles Community College District. Kamlager changed the way she wished to be referred to in terms of her last name from Kamlager-Dove to Kamlager in early 2020. 
Sydney Kamlager was born in Chicago, Illinois. She attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She was a member of the Zeta Phi Beta sorority. She received her Master's in Arts Management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University. Her mother is actress Cheryl Lynn Bruce and her stepfather is artist Kerry James Marshall.
In 1996, Sydney Kamlager was the spokesperson for the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) in Venice, California. A year later, she was the organization's public art director during the restoration of the Venice graffiti pit. After SPARC, Kamlager worked as an assistant to actor Delroy Lindo. Kamlager later worked as a public affairs director for the non-profit child care corporation Crystal Stairs. Currently, Kamlager sits on the board of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and is a staunch advocate for reproductive justice.
In 2010, Kamlager worked on the campaign to elect Holly J. Mitchell to the California State Assembly, becoming District Director after Mitchell's victory. In 2015, Kamlager ran for Seat 3 of the Board of Trustees for the Los Angeles Community College District. She won with more than 52 percent of the vote among four candidates on March 3, 2015.
After Sebastian Ridley-Thomas announced his resignation from the State Assembly on December 27, 2017, Kamlager entered the race to serve the remainder of his term. She won the April 3, 2018 special election to represent California's 54th State Assembly district.
Kamlager was a strong advocate for racial equity, access and social justice in the California State Assembly. She was vocal about restoring voting rights to parolees, strengthening standards for police use of force, and stopping the NCAA from preventing student athletes from receiving payment in connection with the use of the student athlete's name, image or likeness. In 2019, she co-authored SB 188, the CROWN Act, which prohibits employers from enforcing policies surrounding "race neutral" grooming or discriminating against people wearing natural or protective hairstyles.
Ms. Kamlager sat on the following standing committees: Public Safety, Arts and Entertainment, Communications and Conveyance, Insurance and the powerful Rules committee. She is Chair of the Select Committee on Incarcerated Women and leads the legislature's Los Angeles County Delegation. In 2020, Kamlager was appointed by the Speaker of the California State Assembly to serve on the Committee on Revision of the Penal Code.
Kamlager passed AB 987, legislation to build a new arena for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Kamlager passed two bills - AB 241 and AB 242 - that mandate the incorporation of implicit bias training into continued education for healthcare professionals, lawyers and judges, respectively. The intent of the bills is to reduce disparities in health care and the judicial system in California.
Kamlager passed California's first hunting ban in decades with AB 1254, which ends the trophy hunting of bobcats, except under specified circumstances, until January 1, 2025.
On November 10, 2020, Kamlager announced that she would be a candidate for the California State Senate to succeed fellow Democrat Holly Mitchell, who was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. On March 2, 2021, Kamlager was elected to the California State Senate with 67.67% of the vote.
|Democratic||Sydney Kamlager (incumbent)||41,838||55.5|
|Democratic||Tepring Michelle Piquado||11,615||15.4|
|Democratic||Breon Dupree Hollie||1,223||1.6|
|Democratic||Sydney Kamlager (incumbent)||95,643||62.3|
|Democratic||Tepring Michelle Piquado||57,760||37.7|
|Democratic||Sydney Kamlager (incumbent)||42,153||55.4%|
|Democratic||Tracy Bernard Jones||22,908||30.1%|