Sandré R. Swanson served three successful terms as a Member of the California State Assembly. He was the Chair of the Assembly Labor & Employment Committee and was a vocal advocate for growing the middle class with sustainable jobs. Mr. Swanson also served on the Assembly Budget Committee, Sub-committee on Education Finance; Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce and was the Speaker’s Appointee to the State Workforce Investment Board.
Mr. Swanson is passionate about the plight of troubled and at-risk youth. As Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, his committee’s work is widely used by the State today in its strategies for assisting young people. As a result of this work, in 2014 Mr. Swanson was invited to the White House by President Barack Obama and was requested to participate in the President’s "My Brothers Keepers" initiatives.
During his tenure in the Assembly, Mr. Swanson passed landmark legislation dealing with the atrocities of human trafficking - which he calls "modern day slavery." His legislative work assisted with the development of programs for job training, housing and counseling for the victims of human trafficking ‐ some as young as 12 years old. Several of his laws are prominently referenced on the California Attorney General’s web site. District Attorney offices are using these laws across our State to successfully prosecute human trafficking criminals in California today.
Following his work in the legislature, Mr. Swanson served as Deputy Mayor for the city of Oakland, California. He worked successfully on growing the City’s economy by developing small businesses and jobs. Before his election to the California State Assembly, Mr. Swanson served five years as Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Before that, he worked for 25 years as the District Director and Senior Policy Advisor for Congressman Ronald V. Dellums. He also served as Chair of the Alameda County Employee’s
Mr. Swanson is a native of Oakland and he and his wife Anita have four children and five grandchildren.