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November 1, 2011 > Senator Ellen Corbett

Senator Ellen Corbett

Submitted By Teala Schaff

Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D-San Leandro) has been awarded the 2011 Women of Achievement by the National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC) of California. The award honors women who have demonstrated leadership on women's issues, worked to improve the lives of women and made a significant difference in their communities.

A mother, lawyer and educator, Corbett has long devoted herself to serving the East Bay, first as a community activist and then rising through the ranks of elected office, from city council to become the first female mayor of San Leandro to state legislator. Throughout her three decades of public service, Corbett has fought hard to advance women's rights, support California families, stimulate economic development, protect the environment and safeguard consumers.

During the 2011 legislative session, Corbett authored four important bills - SB 534, SB 622, SB 636, and SB 861 - that will significantly improve the lives of women. Gov. Jerry Brown signed each of them.

"On this 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote, I'm proud to accept this award," Corbett said. "However, none of this could have been accomplished without the hard work of so many strong women who went before me."

Corbett is serving her second term in Legislature's upper house, where she holds the number two leadership post, Senate Majority Leader. In 2010, she was the second woman ever to be elevated to the position.

As Majority Leader, Corbett is responsible for setting the Democratic agenda, managing the Senate's Floor operations and serving as chief adviser to the leader of the body, Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg.

Throughout her career, Corbett has focused on strengthening California's economy, standing up for consumers and protecting our natural resources while encouraging the growth of our green economy.

A life-long resident of the East Bay, Corbett served in the state Assembly from 1998 to 2004, was first elected to the Senate in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. She represents the 10th Senate District, an East Bay district that includes the cities of San Leandro, Fremont, Hayward, Union City, Pleasanton, Milpitas and Newark and part of San Jose, as well as the communities of Castro Valley, San Lorenzo and Sunol.

The NWPC of California celebrated its 40th anniversary at a reception over the weekend of October 15/16, 2011, that included honoring Senator Corbett. NWPC was established in July 1971 by 300 dedicated feminists who were committed to electing progressive women to every level of government. Since 1971, NWPC has endorsed and supported more than 50,000 progressive women for appointment and election to public office.

For more information, visit www.sen.ca.gov/corbett

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