My Story                                                                                                                     

My parents were both graduate students at the University of California at Berkeley. I grew up with a stroller’s-eye view of the civil rights movement, and often I joke that as a child I was surrounded by adults marching and shouting for this thing called justice. My younger sister, Maya, and I grew up around adults who were committed to service and community involvement. And it wasn’t just my parents

I began my career in the Alameda County District Attorney’s office. I wanted to be a prosecutor because I believed that those most likely to be preyed upon in our society are those that are most vulnerable – children, immigrants, women, the poor, people subject to hate crimes. My work is grounded in the belief that a crime against any one of us is a crime against all of us. Which is why when someone is charged with a crime, the formal complaint doesn’t read the name of the victim versus the defendant. It reads “the PEOPLE vs. the defendant.”
And it’s that philosophy that drives me to this day.
In 2010, I decided to run for Attorney General believing that the innovative work we did in San Francisco should be done statewide. I took on and beat a very popular Republican District Attorney from Los Angeles to become California’s 32nd Attorney General – and once again, the first woman, the first African American, and the first South Asian to hold the office in our state’s history.
I’ve fought to reduce elementary school truancy, preserve the state’s natural resources, increase the adoption of technology and data-driven policing by law enforcement, and ensure marriage equality for all Californians. I’ve also worked with the technology industry to improve online privacy and safety, and developed new tools to fight cyber exploitation.

From my first job until now, whenever I’ve prosecuted a criminal, protected a child, or stood up for a Californian, my work has been about fighting for the vulnerable and voiceless, and making our state a safe, equitable place for all families to live and thrive.

Now, I’m running to become California’s next U.S. Senator.