With election season in full swing, it was such an honor that Fiona Ma took the time to talk with us about women and politics. Our conversation with her felt incredibly genuine, open and intimate. Fiona answered all our questions centered around her life and career, running for office, and passing important legislation. We're so grateful to Fiona for volunteering her time to speak with us and to our friend and community member Andrea Olson for introducing us to her. Special thanks to Framed Data for their continued support and sponsorship. See more pictures on Facebook.
About Fiona Ma
Fiona Ma was first elected to represent the people of California's 12th Assembly District from November 2006 to November 2012 (after serving the maximum of three terms.) She was the #112th woman to ever be elected to the California Legislature and the first Asian woman to ever serve as Speaker pro Tempore since 1850.
Fiona formally entered the field of politics in 1995, serving as a part-time district representative for the former President pro Tempore of the California Senate, John Burton. It was a position that would last for seven years, after which she was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, where she served for four years until 2006. During her tenure on the Board of Supervisors, she authored the landmark Local Business Enterprise ordinance on behalf of women and minority business owners and passed legislation to tackle human trafficking.
Building on her work combating toxic chemicals in San Francisco, Assemblywoman Ma authored groundbreaking legislation to ban toxic chemicals, known as phthalates, in baby products statewide. AB 1108 was a first such law in the nation and was signed by Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2007. It became the model for the federal amendment on the same subject, authored by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, which was signed into law as part of the federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.
As Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Domestic Violence, she worked on legislation to protect victims of domestic violence. She authored groundbreaking legislation to protect consumers, help California's working families pay the bills, prevent the spread of Hepatitis B, increase access to quality healthcare, and provide equal rights for all Californians. As a joint author of Proposition 1-A, which was approved by voters in November, 2008, she was the legislature's leading advocate to bring high-speed trains to California.
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