First published in the Jan. 28 print issue of the Burbank Leader.
Assemblywoman Laura Friedman — who represents Burbank, Glendale and northern portions of Los Angeles — announced today that she is running to succeed Adam Schiff in the United States House of Representatives, District 30.
Schiff announced earlier this week that he will be running for United States Senate in 2024 and not seeking re-election.
“I believe that my progressive history of effective leadership on the environment, affordable housing, transportation and civil rights will make a difference in Congress, and I am excited to have this opportunity,” Friedman said in a statement on Friday. “Following Adam Schiff will be a prodigious challenge. Schiff has been an exemplary legislator and a stalwart champion of American democracy, who I will be thrilled to have serve us in the United States Senate.”
Friedman was elected to the Assembly in 2016 after serving two terms as mayor and city councilwoman in Glendale. She currently serves as chair of the Transportation Committee and the Bicameral Environmental Caucus and serves as policy director for the Legislative Progressive Caucus. She led the legislature’s historic response to the sexual harassment crisis that has become a model for state and local governments across the nation.
As a member of the Assembly, Friedman has represented 63% of the total voters in the congressional district, including all of Glendale, Burbank and the bulk of vote-rich Los Angeles City Council Districts 4 and 13. Burbank alone 15% of the electorate in Congressional District 30.
From 1994 to 2005, Friedman was a development executive and film producer in the entertainment industry, working on a number of successful film and TV projects.
Friedman and her husband, Guillaume Lemoine, a landscape designer, and their daughter Rachel reside in Glendale.
For more information, visit the campaign website: lauraforcongress.org.