Senator Connie Leyva (SD-20) represents western portions of the Inland Empire. Senator Leyva also chairs the Senate Education Committee, California Legislative Women’s Caucus, and the Senate Democratic Caucus. Sen. Leyva's leadership for working families began as president of her local grocery union — the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1428 and she worked her way up to become the first woman elected as president of the 2.1 million-member California Labor Federation. "Kris has the experience needed to help more Inland Empire families reach the middle class," said Senator Leyva. "She understands the economic challenges workers here are increasingly facing, and she’ll be a champion in the State Senate to bring good-paying clean energy jobs to the Inland Empire."