Santa Monica, CA -- Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School Board Member Ben Allen has earned the endorsement of U.S. Congressman Henry Waxman, who has served his District for forty years, in his bid to represent California's 26th State Senate District.
“I am endorsing Ben Allen for State Senate because he shares my progressive Democratic values. As our next State Senator, I know we can count on Ben to protect our environment, fully fund our public schools and rebuild our infrastructure," said Congressman Henry Waxman.
“I am so honored to have earned Congressman Henry Waxman's endorsement. Congressman Waxman is a true statesman, a thoughtful and principled policy-maker and a consummate public servant. He has served my community with distinction for so long, and I’ve looked up to him for such a long time. Needless to say, this is a proud moment for my campaign," said Ben Allen.
Congressman Henry Waxman currently represents California's 33rd Congressional District, which encompasses the coastal South Bay and a large portion of the Los Angeles Westside. Indeed, there is an 85% overlap between Congressman Waxman’s district and the 26th Senate District that Allen seeks to represent. Waxman was first elected to Congress in 1974 and is considered to be one of the most influential and effective members in Congressional history. During his time in Congress, Waxman authored several pieces of landmark legislation, including the 1983 Orphan Drug Act, the 1984 Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act, the 1990 Ryan White CARE Act, the 1990 Clean Air Act, the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act, the 1997 State Children's Health Insurance Program, the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, and the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
Waxman’s Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Amendments and the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act have had a profound impact on the quality of life in the 33rd and works to reduce air pollution in the Los Angeles basin and improving water quality along the Pacific coast.
With his endorsement, Waxman joins a growing list of well-respected local elected officials and organizations, who are backing Allen, the only candidate who grew up in the District and who has represented Californians as a public servant at the state and local levels. He has earned the endorsements of some of the region's most popular and respected leaders, including former U.S. Representatives Anthony Beilenson, Howard Berman and Mel Levine; Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky; former Los Angeles County Supervisor Ed Edelman; State Senators Fran Pavley and Jerry Hill; former State Senators Tom Hayden and Alan Sieroty; Assemblymembers Richard Bloom, Steven Bradford, Ian Calderon, Isadore Hall, III, and Adrin Nazarian; former Assemblymembers Terry Friedman, Warren Furutani, Richard Katz, Tony Mendoza, and George Nakano; Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, and Tom Labonge; and environmental organizations Sierra Club California and California League of Conservation Voters. For the full list of Ben Allen's endorsements, please visit www.benallenforsenate.com/endorsements.
Waxman also joins an extensive list of local clubs and organizations that share his progressive values, including the following: Democrats for Israel - Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Young Democrats (LACYD), Miracle Mile Democratic Club (MMDC), Pacific Palisades Democratic Club (PPDC), Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains (PDSMM), Santa Monica Democratic Club (SMDC), Southern California Armenian Democrats (SCAD) West Hollywood-Beverly Hills Democratic Club, Stonewall Democrats Club, and Stonewall Young Democrats Club. For the full list of Ben Allen's endorsements, please visit www.benallenforsenate.com/endorsements
Congressman Henry Waxman and State Senate Candidate Ben Allen will be jointly hosting a media conference call later this week. Details will be provided in a subsequent communication. For more visuals of Congressman Henry Waxman and State Senate Candidate Ben Allen, please click here.
Ben Allen placed first among a crowded field in the open primary for the 26th State Senate District, held on June 3, 2014.
The 26th State Senate District consists of the cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, El Segundo, Avalon, Lomita, Torrance, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and Beverly Hills; the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Westchester, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Westwood, Westwood Village, Bel Air, Holmby Hills, Little Holmby, Sunset Hills, Beverly Grove, Mar Vista, Mid City West, Miracle Mile, Larchmont Village, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Fairfax, Carthay, Fremont Place, Hancock Park, and Windsor Square; and the unincorporated Los Angeles County communities of Marina Del Rey, San Clemente Island, Santa Catalina Island, Franklin, Centinela, and Ocean View.