Meet Assemblymember Laura Friedman

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Laura Friedman: A History of Effective Leadership

After serving seven years on the Glendale City Council, including a term as the Mayor of Glendale, Laura Friedman was elected to the California State Assembly in 2016.  During her first term in office, Laura authored a package of bills to establish landmark water efficiency standards, strengthen environmental sustainability, improve access to higher education, health care, and transportation alternatives, and create new avenues for communities to tackle the affordable housing crisis. In addition, she secured $20 million in funding for the completion of the Glendale Riverwalk Project, which for the first time will provide a safe bicycle and pedestrian connection from Glendale to Griffith Park. She has been tapped for several leadership roles in the legislature and currently serves as the Assistant Speaker pro Tempore for the Assembly and the Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.  As the Chair of the Joint Rules Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response, she’s led a historic bicameral and bipartisan reform of the legislature’s response to sexual harassment that’s become a model for other states and local governments.  

Laura lives in Glendale with her husband Guillaume Lemoine, a landscape designer, and their daughter Rachel.

Laura Friedman is running for re-election to the California State Assembly, District 43.  Laura has an extraordinary record of leadership as a local elected leader, a community volunteer and in the private sector.


Career & Accomplishments

Elected to the Glendale City Council in 2009, re-elected in 2013

Mayor of Glendale, 2011-2012

Board of Directors, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Immediate Past-President, Independent Cities Association

Board member, Southern California Association of Governments, Energy and Environment Committee

Served for five years on the Glendale Design Review Board

Active with the Society of Architectural Historians and the Los Angeles Conservancy Modern Committee

Extensive experience as a producer and head of development in the entertainment industry, where she worked on numerous successful films and TV projects. Taught producing at UCLA and Chapman College

Since 2001 she has owned and run a small business specializing in vintage jewelry and fine and decorative arts

Recipient: Environmental Champion Award, Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters; Woman of the Year,Glendale Chamber of Commerce; Flame of Hope Award, Glendale Adventist Medical Center, and more.

Graduated with a B.A. from the University of Rochester, New York.