Shirley Weber

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Incumbent

Background

Dr. Shirley Weber received a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Communication from UCLA [10]. She has served as the CA Secretary of State since being nominated to the position in December 2020 by Governor Gavin Newsom. She previously served as a State Assemblymember starting in 2012, representing District 79, where she chaired the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee and Assembly Budget Subcommittees on Public Safety and Health. She also chaired the Select Committee on Campus Climate, which addressed hate crimes on college and university campuses [1]. 

Prior to being elected to the Assembly, Dr. Weber served as the Mayor’s appointee and Chair of the Citizens’ Equal Opportunity Commission. She has also served on the Board of the NAACP, YWCA, YMCA Scholarship Committee, Battered Women Services, United Way, San Diego Consortium, and Private Industry Council [3]. Dr. Weber has taught at CA State University at Los Angeles and Los Angeles City College, and was a Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies at San Diego State University for 40 years [3, 10]. She has two children, three grandchildren, and is the widow of the late Hon. Daniel Weber [1]. 

Key Issues

Elections

 

Dr. Weber supports mail-in voting, and worked with Governor Newsom to establish universal mail-in voting in California. She supports monitoring and upgrading the Secretary of State’s cybersecurity policies to increase election security [2]. 

Incarceration

Dr. Weber wants to revamp voter education outreach programs for formerly incarcerated individuals. She supports Proposition 17, which allows individuals on parole to vote [2].

Transparency

Dr. Weber wants to promote informed citizenship by increasing transparency regarding elections, lobbyist registration, and campaign finance systems [2].  

Education

Dr. Weber supports promoting civic education about voting, democracy, the relationship between the states and federal government, and civic responsibility for California students [7].

Economy

Dr. Weber wants to aid small businesses and nonprofits by providing more support and resources [7]. 

Reproductive Rights

Dr. Weber supports protecting access to reproductive healthcare [5].

Endorsements

Gavin Newsom, CA Governor; Eleni Kounalakis, CA Lieutenant Governor; Fiona Ma, CA State Treasurer; Betty Yee, CA Controller; Tony Thurmond, State Superintendent of Public Instruction; Ricardo Lara, CA Insurance Commissioner; Rob Bonta, CA Attorney General; Malia Cohen, Chair of the California State Board of Equalization; California Democratic Party; Toni Atkins, Speaker Pro Tem of the CA Senate; Anthony Rendon, Speaker of the CA State Assembly; Steven Bradford, State Senator; Sydney Kamlager, State Senator; Susan Rubio, State Senator; Nancy Skinner, State Senator; Scott Wiener, State Senator; Autumn Burke, Assemblymember; Jim Cooper, Assemblymember; Laura Friedman, CA Assemblymember; Cristina Garcia Assemblymember; Mike Gipson, CA Assemblymember; Chris Holden Assemblymember; Jacqui Irwin, CA Assemblymember; Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Assemblymember; Marc Levine, CA Assemblymember; Evan Low, Assemblymember; Kevin McCarty CA Assemblymember; Eloise Reyes, Assemblymember; Luz Rivas, CA Assemblymember; Blanca Rubio, Assemblymember; Mark Stone, CA Assemblymember; Buffy Wicks, Assemblymember; Akilah Weber, CA Assemblymember; California State Legislative Caucuses; California Legislative Black Caucus; California Legislative Women’s Caucus; Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senator; Alex Padilla, U.S. Senator; Barbara Lee, U.S. Representative; Karen Bass, U.S. Representative; Maxine Waters, U.S. Representative; Juan Vargas, U.S. Representative; Scott Peters, U.S. Representative; Sara Jacobs, U.S. Representative; Todd Gloria, Mayor of San Diego; London Breed, Mayor of San Francisco; Robert Garcia, Mayor of Long Beach; Holly Mitchell, LA County Supervisor; Monica Steppe Montgomery, San Diego Council President; AFSCME; AFSCME Local 3299 (UC Union); AFT Local 1931; California Faculty Association; California Federation of Teachers; California Labor Federation; California Nurses Association; California Professional Firefighters; California Teachers Association; IBEW; LiUNA California; Operating Engineers; Painters District Council; Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 230; San Diego County Building Trades; SEIU Local 1000; SEIU State Council; UDW/AFSCME Local 3930; UNITE HERE 11; United Nurses Associations of California; Black Women Organizing for Political Action; California Women’s List; Courage California; Culver City Democratic Club; Elect Black; Women PAC; EMILY’s List; Equality California; Fund Her; Govern California; Los Angeles African American Women PAC; NAACP; NARAL Pro-Choice California; National Women’s Political Caucus; Planned Parenthood Action California; San Francisco Women’s Political Committee; Smart Justice California; United Democratic Club; Women in Leadership

Sources

1 Secretary of State Office
2 Campaign Website 
3 California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls
4 Instagram
5 Twitter
6 Ballotpedia   
7 Capradio 
8 Yubanet
9 Cal Matters
10 Linkedin