Born and raised in Watts, Asm. Mike A. Gipson always knew that he wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of those he encountered throughout his community and beyond. His undeniable passion for public service propelled him to serve as councilmember for the City of Carson for nearly a decade before transitioning to the California State Assembly.
On November 4, 2014, Asm. Gipson was elected by an overwhelming margin to represent California’s 64th Assembly District that includes the communities of Carson, Compton, Gardena, Harbor Gateway, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, South Los Angeles, Torrance, Watts/Willow brook and Wilmington.
Asm. Gipson currently serves as Assembly Democratic Caucus Chair, responsible for driving the legislative decision making process for the majority caucus, address statewide issues, and hold weekly meetings to discuss and set the caucus’ priorities. Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon appointed Asm. Gipson to this leadership position in 2016 and re-appointed him in 2017, 2018, 2019 and now 2020.
Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Gipson has championed many budget priorities since taking office, including establishing the first state earned income tax credit for working families; the repealing of the maximum family grant that will lift 135,000 children out of poverty; and approving a path to $15/hour in California. He also passed comprehensive transportation legislation; spearheaded a historic cap and trade package; combating homelessness and serving as lead assemblymember on curbing gun violence. Mr. Gipson has authored bills to regulate ‘ghost guns,’ streamline the process for foster youth to receive benefits, protect Sativa Water District customers from receiving discolored water, and currently the author to ban the carotid restraint by law enforcement in California.
Asm. Gipson currently lives in Carson where he is a devoted husband to his wife Le Cresha. They have two sons, Devon and Jordan along with their two grandchildren Faafetai Ole Alofa and Cataleya Acevedo Gipson. Their third son, D’Ance passed away at 3 years old as a victim of a hit-and-run motorist.