Sydney Kamlager
Member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 37th district
Assuming office
January 3, 2023
SucceedingKaren Bass
Member of the California Senate
from the 30th district
Assumed office
March 11, 2021
Preceded byHolly Mitchell
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 54th district
In office
April 16, 2018 – March 11, 2021
Preceded bySebastian Ridley-Thomas
Succeeded byIsaac Bryan
Personal details
Born (1972-07-20) July 20, 1972 (age 50)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseAustin Dove (2006–present)
RelativesKerry James Marshall (stepfather)
EducationUniversity of Southern California (BA)
Carnegie Mellon University (MA)
WebsiteOfficial website

Sydney Kamlager (born July 20, 1972) is an American politician serving in the California State Senate. She is the Congressmember-elect for California’s 37th District, succeeding Rep. Karen Bass. 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 California Senate, Kamlager served in the California State Assembly and as a trustee for the Los Angeles Community College District. She is a candidate to replace Karen Bass, following her mayoral bid, for California's 37th congressional district.

Early life and education

Sydney Kamlager was born in Chicago, Illinois.[1] She attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science.[2] She was a member of the Zeta Phi Beta sorority.[3] She received her Master's in arts management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University.[3] Her mother is actress Cheryl Lynn Bruce and her stepfather is artist Kerry James Marshall.[4][5]


Kamlager at a function at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
Kamlager at a function at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

In 1996, Kamlager was the spokesperson for the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) in Venice, California.[6] A year later, she was the organization's public art director during the restoration of the Venice graffiti pit.[7][8] After leaving SPARC, Kamlager worked as an assistant to actor Delroy Lindo.[9] Kamlager later worked as a public affairs director for the non-profit child care corporation Crystal Stairs, an organization headed at the time by Holly Mitchell.[10] Currently, Kamlager sits on the board of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and is a staunch advocate for reproductive rights.[11][12]

In 2010, Kamlager worked on the campaign to elect Holly Mitchell to the California State Assembly, becoming District Director after Mitchell's victory.[13][14] In 2015, Kamlager ran for Seat 3 of the Board of Trustees for the Los Angeles Community College District.[15] She won with more than 52 percent of the vote among four candidates on March 3, 2015.[16]

California State Assembly (2018–2021)

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.[17]

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.[18][19][20] 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.[21]

During her tenure in the Assembly, Kamlager sat on the following standing committees: Public Safety, Arts and Entertainment, Communications and Conveyance, Insurance and the powerful Rules committee.[22] She was the chair of the Select Committee on Incarcerated Women and leads the legislature's Los Angeles County Delegation.[23] In 2020, Kamlager was appointed by the Speaker of the California State Assembly to serve on the Committee on Revision of the Penal Code.


Fiscal issues

Kamlager sponsored AB 987, legislation to build a new arena for the Los Angeles Clippers. The bill was signed into law.[24]

Social issues

Kamlager sponsored two bills - AB 241 and AB 242 - to mandate the incorporation of implicit bias training into continued education for healthcare professionals, lawyers and judges.[25] The intent of the bills were to reduce disparities in health care and the judicial system in California.

Kamlager sponsored 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.[26]

California State Senate (2021—)

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.[27] On March 2, 2021, Kamlager was elected to the California State Senate with 67.67% of the vote.[28][29]

Electoral history

2018 California State Assembly election

California's 54th State Assembly district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sydney Kamlager (incumbent) 41,838 55.5
Democratic Tepring Michelle Piquado 11,615 15.4
Republican Glen Ratcliff 9,359 12.4
Democratic Steve Dunwoody 6,409 8.5
Democratic Lamar Lyons 4,899 6.5
Democratic Breon Dupree Hollie 1,223 1.6
Total votes 75,343 100.0
General election
Democratic Sydney Kamlager (incumbent) 95,643 62.3
Democratic Tepring Michelle Piquado 57,760 37.7
Total votes 153,403 100.0
Democratic hold

2020 California State Assembly election

2020 California's 54th State Assembly district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sydney Kamlager (incumbent) 42,153 55.4%
Democratic Tracy Bernard Jones 22,908 30.1%
Republican Glen Ratcliff 7,789 10.2%
Democratic Clinton Brown 3,214 4.2%
Total votes 76,064 100.00


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  3. ^ a b "Sydney Kamlager: About". Sydney Kamlager. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  4. ^ "Cheryl Lynn Bruce and Kerry James Marshall Public Humanities Award, 2019". YouTube. June 6, 2019. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  5. ^ "MOCA Exhibit Highlights Kerry James Marshall's Compelling Art". April 12, 2017.
  6. ^ "Nonprofit Agency Selected for Program on Self-Sufficiency". Los Angeles Times. October 22, 1996.
  7. ^ "Artists Put Color Back in Whitewashed Graffiti Pit". Los Angeles Times. August 20, 1997.
  8. ^ "Plans for Graffiti Pit Restoration to Be Discussed". Los Angeles Times. July 25, 1997.
  9. ^ "Full credits, Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) - Touchstone Pictures' and Spyglass Entertainment's".
  10. ^ "For Blacks who battle domestic violence, Rihanna case is no surp". March 2, 2009.
  11. ^ 16561125 (February 27, 2019). "Planned Parenthood Los Angeles Annual Report 17-18 by Planned Parenthood Los Angeles". Issuu. Retrieved March 4, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  12. ^ "Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove Supports California's Title X Program | Official Website - Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager Representing the 54th California Assembly District". May 25, 2018. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  13. ^ Editorial Board (November 5, 2018). "Editorial: Sydney Kamlager-Dove for state Assembly". Daily Bruin. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  14. ^ The Times Editorial Board (February 3, 2015). "L.A. Times Endorsements for L.A. Community College District trustees - LA Times". Los Angeles Times.
  15. ^ "Kamlager Announces Community College District Candidacy - Culver City Crossroads".
  16. ^ Noonan, Ari (March 4, 2015). "Kamlager and Marqueece Score Clear Victories". The Front Page Online. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  17. ^ Myers, John (April 17, 2018). "Newest member of the California Assembly arrives ready to work on criminal justice issues". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  18. ^ "Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove Co-Authors Legislation to Restore the Right to Vote to People on Parole | Official Website - Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager Representing the 54th California Assembly District". February 12, 2019. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  19. ^ Angeles, Los (April 9, 2019). "CA Lawmakers Advance First-in-Nation Measure Restricting Use of Deadly Force by Police". KTLA. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
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  21. ^ "Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-Los Angeles) seeks to end discrimination against hairstyles | Official Website - Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager Representing the 54th California Assembly District". June 27, 2019. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  22. ^ "Committees | Official Website - Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager Representing the 54th California Assembly District". Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  23. ^ "Incarcerated Women: The New Face of California Inmates | Official Website - Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager Representing the 54th California Assembly District". Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  24. ^ "Governor Jerry Brown Signs AB 987". Sydney Kamlager (Press release). California State Assembly Democratic Caucus.
  25. ^ "Governor Newsom signs Assembly Bills 241 and 242 to address implicit bias in healthcare and the courts | Official Website - Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager Representing the 54th California Assembly District". October 2, 2019. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  26. ^ "Breaking news: California leads the nation by banning fur sales, bobcat trophy hunting · A Humane World". October 12, 2019. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  27. ^ Daniela Pardo (November 10, 2020). "Sydney Kamlager to Run for Holly Mitchell's Seat in CA State Senate". Spectrum News 1.
  28. ^ "Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager Easily Avoids Runoff in Race to Fill State Senate Seat".
  29. ^ [2][dead link]
California Assembly Preceded bySebastian Ridley-Thomas Member of the California State Assemblyfrom the 54th district 2018–2021 Succeeded byIsaac Bryan California Senate Preceded byHolly Mitchell Member of the California State Senatefrom the 30th district 2021–present Incumbent