Re-elect State Assemblymember Autumn R. Burke to keep AD-62 on the right track.
About the Position
State Assembly Members form part of the California State Legislature, and work alongside the governor to establish laws and a state budget. They hold the power to pass bills that affect public policy, set state spending levels, raise and lower taxes, and uphold or override the governor’s vetoes. The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the State Senate and Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 61 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 17 seats. One seat is held by an Independent, and one seat is currently vacant.
About the District
California's 62nd Assembly District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. The most recent election results show AD-62 voted for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018.
About the Race
In the primary, Democrat incumbent Representative Autumn R. Burke led Republican challenger Robert Steele by a margin of 68.8 percent. Rep. Burke’s campaign has raised $699,806 and has not committed to any campaign finance pledges. Steele’s campaign has raised $1,160, not committed to any pledges, and has failed to make a significant impact on the race.
About the Candidate
Rep. Autumn R. Burke, a former real estate agent, is from Los Angeles. According to campaign materials, Rep. Burke is running for re-election to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, end child poverty, and provide training for fossil fuel energy workers to transfer to careers in renewable energy.
Rep. Autumn R. Burke’s priorities for AD-62 this year include funding public transportation and housing, expanding access to maternal health care, and ensuring that reproductive rights remain secure. She currently sits on six committees: the Climate Change Policies Committee, Accountability and Administrative Review Committee, Banking and Finance Committee, Health Committee, Revenue and Taxation Committee, and Utilities and Energy Committee. Rep. Burke has sponsored 246 bills about such topics as increasing reimbursement for early-childhood education, reducing pay gaps in public service salaries, and training police officers on reducing the use of force this year, of which over 20 have successfully passed. She scores a lifetime 80 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Rep. Burke has supported nearly all progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, Rep. Burke has not supported reducing single-use packaging or preventing dialysis companies from redirecting treatment away from Medi-Cal. She has accepted $14,300 from DaVita Inc., a private company that commands 37 percent of the dialysis market.
Prior to her election to the State Assembly, Rep. Autumn R. Burke worked as a real estate agent. She says her experience balancing her career and raising her children informed her desire to guarantee a more equal work/life balance for working families. In 2017, Rep. Burke authored and passed AB 151, which strengthens California’s Cap and Trade program to mitigate the effects of climate change as we transition to a renewable energy economy. She is a longtime supporter of maternal mental health and investing in early-childhood education.
Rep. Autumn R. Burke is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups in the district. She is also backed by Chevron, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, California Correctional Peace Officers Association, and the aforementioned DaVita Inc. However, the threat of Republican challenger and strong Trump supporter Richard Steele’s potential policies greatly outweighs Rep. Burke’s lack of campaign finance pledges. According to our analysis, Rep. Autumn R. Burke is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.