Senator Fran Pavley has spent her lifetime living and working in Los Angeles and Ventura counties as a parent, educator, and elected official. She is indisputably one of the greatest environmental champions in state history. It is impossible to quantify the impact she has had on environmental politics in California, and her work has effected change on a national and global scale. After nearly three decades as a teacher, Senator Pavley became the first mayor of the City of Agoura Hills, and served for four terms on the city council. In 2000 she was elected to the California State Assembly, and she was elected to the California State Senate in 2008. In the Assembly she authored Assembly Bill 1493, known as the Pavley Law, which became the model for national vehicle emissions standards, and Assembly Bill 32, the nation’s first cap on greenhouse gas pollution.
Watch her acceptance speech from the November 12, 2015 California League of Conservation Voters Environmental Leadership Awards:
Senator Pavley currently is pursuing legislation that sets even more ambitious targets for climate-pollution reduction by 2050 that would provide California businesses with regulatory certainty while also strengthening the economy and improving public health, especially in communities disproportionately impacted by pollution. In addition to many more environmental victories, Senator Pavley has also advanced legislation to benefit teachers, public safety, transportation, and public spaces. She lives with her husband, Andy, a veteran and lifelong teacher, in Agoura Hills, where they raised two children and four guide dogs for the blind.
New for the 2016 legislative session: The 43rd annual California Environmental Scorecard rates elected officials on 2016, another successful year for the environment in spite of heavy opposition from polluting industry.