Marc Levine's election to the California State Assembly was among the great political upsets of 2012. Despite being outspent 5-1 Assemblymember Levine won majorities in both Marin and Sonoma counties. Marc ran for the Assembly because he saw a legislature that was plagued with gridlock and failed to address the needs of our state. He wanted to bring a new way of doing business to Sacramento, one that emphasized cooperation over conflict.
As an Assemblymember, Marc has continued to surpass expectations by helping to break the gridlock in the State Capitol and enacting meaningful reforms to improve the North Bay and California. He has championed a thoughtful approach to governing and focused on introducing and supporting pragmatic legislation to address the challenges facing our great state. It’s his solutions-driven approach that led the Los Angeles Times to praise him for “taking the long view and planning for California’s future.”
During his time in Sacramento Marc has specifically focused on:
Higher education & local control. A college degree should be attainable by all Californians. Governor Brown signed into law Marc’s bill requiring online courses at CSU campuses be available for students throughout the system. As Vice Chair of the Local Government Committee, he is working to assure that decisions affecting our communities are made locally, not in Sacramento.
Protecting the environment. Issues like climate change, environmental justice, renewable energy, and sustainability must be a priority in the Legislature and for all of us. Marc spearheaded efforts to eliminate single use plastic grocery bags, increase use of recycled water, and create an infrastructure for electric vehicles. To incentivize companies to employ sustainable practices, he also introduced legislation that would give an advantage to environmentally responsible companies that want to do business with state agencies.
Protecting public health. Marc authored legislation that would ban smoking in multi-family housing. While workplaces, schools, businesses and public facilities are smoke free environments, children and adults continue to be exposed to dangerous second-hand smoke in their own homes due to shared ventilation systems and air spaces in and around multi-family housing. This bill would provide the same protection from second-hand smoke in the home that is already provided in public.
Marc graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Cal State Northridge and earned his Master’s Degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, where he was recognized with a Special Act Award for his work to promote the graduate school around the world. He lives in San Rafael with his wife Wendy and their two children.