D — State Senator, 27th District
State Senator Henry Stern, a Democrat, represents the 27th District, which encompasses parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The district includes Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Malibu, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and parts of Los Angeles and Santa Clarita. First elected to the State Senate in 2016 with Govern for California’s support, Henry is permitted under California’s term limits to serve in the legislature through 2028. He will be up for reelection in 2020.
A lifelong native of the district who graduated from a local high school, Henry earned degrees from Harvard and UC Berkeley Law. After law school, he helped businesses construct clean energy projects, taught civics, investigated juvenile crime, and co-founded a technology incubator. He served as Senior Policy Advisor to the 27th District’s previous Senator, Fran Pavley. In addition to his service with Senator Pavley, he lectured at UCLA and UC Berkeley. He volunteers at his local Boys & Girls Club, and was a member of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Advisory Committee, the Jewish Federation, the American Jewish Committee, and the Truman National Security Project.
Through his work in the legislature, Henry has earned a reputation as a helpful negotiator and mediator with the intelligence and temperament to craft successful legislation. He knows legislative success happens only when hearing and working with all sides. Also, Henry is a close friend of State Senator Ben Allen, a GFC-backed candidate in 2014 who represents the adjacent district and, like Henry, exhibits the intelligence and temperament to identify, understand and address the complex issues at the core of California’s education, fiscal and economic problems. The combination of Henry’s experience in Sacramento and his relationships helped him get up to speed and start having an impact faster than most new state legislators.
Henry cares deeply about environmental protection and understands that one can protect the environment without caving in to special interests that oppose education and fiscal reforms. He also knows that California’s fiscal problems will harm environmental programs and all other services unless they are addressed.
Henry serves on the Energy, Utilities and Commerce; Environmental Quality; Judiciary; and Natural Resources and Water Committees in the State Senate. He is Chair of the Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee. In his first term, Henry has been an advocate for the vulnerable and exploited. He authored a bill that would require child abusers to pay restitution for the psychological harm they cause. He also authored a bill that would require the creation of a text hotline that victims of slavery and human trafficking can contact for services or support. Along with other GFC State Senators, Steve blocked passage of a ban on county contracting, a bill that would have cost billions and cut services to vulnerable populations.