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Los Angeles County, CA November 2, 2010 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Curren D. Price, Jr.

Candidate for
State Senator; District 26

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Senator Curren Price was elected to the California State Senate's 26th Senatorial District to fill the vacancy left when Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in November 2008. He was first elected to the California State Assembly in 2006 and re-elected by an overwhelming margin to a second term in 2008.

Senator Price has earned a reputation as a thoughtful, principled, and effective leader. He is a strong advocate for investing in our public schools, empowering parents and challenging all students to meet higher academic standards. He seeks to give all Californians, regardless of income, the chance to go to college and develop the skills needed to succeed in today's highly competitive workplace.

Senator Price has been a leading champion for working families and has fought to preserve the rights of California workers. He led efforts to support homecare workers, hotel workers, security guards and other workers to organize for better wages and benefits.

Senator Price has been a strong and consistent advocate for small business, and has continued to be one of California's most influential voices for creating new opportunities for small business enterprises. He believes in policies that spark business growth, encourage innovation, open the doors of opportunity for all, creates jobs and stimulate our state's economy. He wrote legislation that would increase opportunities for small businesses to compete for state contracts and offer incentives for creating new jobs.

Senator Price is a state leader who works across party lines to find common ground, who speaks his conscience, and who gets things done for his constituents. His passion to serve his community led him to work towards expanding and improving job training opportunities, particularly for our youth, and investing in our families and their futures. Senator Price also has a strong voting record on environmental issues, and supports efforts to protect our state's natural resources.

Senator Price has worked to expand the quality and affordability of health care for all Californians and has authored legislation that would allow parents to add dependent children up to age 27 to their employer-based health plans. He also joined colleagues to pass legislation that would have led to universal health care, and authored legislation that was signed into law requiring hospitals to give public notice prior to closing its doors or eliminating vital health services.

Senator Price grew up in Los Angeles where he attended Audubon Jr. High School. His family later moved to the city of Inglewood where he became the first African-American to be elected student body president at Morningside High School. He graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, and earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Santa Clara School of Law.

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