SACRAMENTO -– Last week the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) awarded Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) the Regional Legislator of the Year Award during their 45th Annual Legislative Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Each year, hundreds of African-American legislators, along with advocates, policy experts, corporate executives, and community leaders, attend NBCSL’s premier event to discuss policies addressing the nation’s most pressing issues affecting African Americans. This year for model legislation, Senator Bradford submitted Senate Joint Resolution 7, which calls for the destruction of illegal FBI surveillance tapes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Senate Bill 796, which authorizes the County of Los Angeles to return the beachfront property known as Bruce’s Beach to the Bruce family.
“This year, it was my honor and distinct privilege to serve as Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus,” Senator Bradford said. “In everything I do and in every bill I introduce, my role and my responsibility is to pick up the baton from where our predecessors left off. I stand on the shoulders of giants who championed African American issues for the state and nation long before I was born. I am honored and humbled to be recognized for this prestigious award by President Billy Mitchell and my fellow NBCSL members. I commend NBCSL’s efforts to enrich the lives of African Americans and collaborate with them to tackle the social, educational and economic challenges facing our community.”
Senator Bradford is Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus, Chair of the Senate Committee on Public Safety, and represents the Los Angeles County communities of Carson, Compton, Gardena, Harbor City, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lennox, San Pedro, Torrance, Watts, Willowbrook, and Wilmington.