R — Assemblymember, 6th District
Assemblymember Kevin Kiley, a Republican, is running for reelection to the California State Assembly from the 6th District, which encompasses parts of El Dorado, Placer, and Sacramento counties. First elected to the Assembly in 2016 with Govern for California’s support, Kevin is permitted under California’s term limits to serve in the legislature through 2028.
A lifelong native of the district who graduated from a local high school, Kevin earned degrees from Harvard and Yale Law. Before law school, Kevin served as a Tenth Grade English Teacher at Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles through Teach for America. After passing the California bar, Kevin joined a law firm, where his practice included intellectual property, business litigation, and constitutional law. In 2015, he became a Deputy Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the California Attorney General’s Office. Until his resignation to run for office, Kevin represented the state at the Appellate Court in cases involving felony convictions. He also taught law at McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific.
Bright, dedicated and even-tempered, Kevin is willing to stand up as a moderate and lead the Republican Party in a new direction. With the California State Republican party shrinking in California and Donald Trump leading the party, young, moderate Republican legislators like Kevin are more important than ever. Kevin is very supportive of education reform and has credibility on the issue that many don’t, having served as a teacher in a failing Los Angeles school. On criminal justice issues, his time as a Deputy Attorney General gives him credibility with all sides in the debate. Kevin can move past the binary debate on criminal justice reform that has been so unproductive. Kevin believes that it is possible to ensure citizens’ safety and protect law enforcement while reducing the large number of citizens serving long, expensive prison sentences that do little to prevent them from reoffending in the future He also advocates for more mental health treatment for all to prevent crime and rehabilitate offenders. Many other Republicans refuse to advocate any new government services, no matter how badly they are needed.
Kevin serves on the Education, Governmental Organization, Higher Education, Judiciary, and Privacy and Consumer Protection Committees in the Assembly. In his first term in the legislature, Kevin has been a strong advocate for education reform. On both education committees, he works well with Democrats that support reform to block bad legislation and advance good bills. He authored AB335, which prevents certain sexual offenders from being paroled within 35 miles of their victim, and AB1024, which requires grand juries to release all transcripts when they decide to not charge an officer in a shooting or excessive use of force case.
Party registration in AD6 is 28.6% Democratic, 44.7% Republican and 21.4% No Party Preference/Decline To State, an excellent fit for a reasonable Republican. Kevin is set to face Jackie Smith, a small business owner without a serious campaign. Kevin will easily prevail.