Reggie knows the struggles of inequality and injustice, because he’s lived through them. As a child, Reggie’s family and four other families all lived under one roof. His mother worked around the clock just to put a roof over her children’s head and food on the table. But sometimes that wasn’t enough.
These experiences helped Reggie understand from an early age the critical need for social and economic justice. That’s why he has dedicated his career to uplifting working families.
Reggie first got involved in labor organizing after he successfully fought an unjust firing from a new boss while working at a call center. He then became a shop steward with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) to fight for the rights of himself and his colleagues.
Eventually, Reggie rose up the ranks to serve as Vice President of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 721. During his time as a labor leader, he helped secure better wages for working people, including nurses, janitors, and social workers. He also fought for healthcare for all, equal pay, retirement benefits and workers’ rights.
Fighting For Us
During his time in the State Legislature, Reggie has championed forward-thinking policies that put working families first.
During the coronavirus crisis, Reggie has worked tirelessly for our community. When the pandemic first hit, Reggie quickly pushed to secure vital Personal Protective Equipment for first responders and other workers on the frontlines of this virus, while distributing critical resources to struggling working families. He’s also fought to provide financial support to families impacted by the virus to make sure they keep a roof over their head and food on the table.
Reggie is the founder and Chair of the California Progressive Caucus and currently serves as the Chair of the Assembly Public Safety Committee, as well as the following standing committees: Higher Education Committee, Government Organization Committee, and the Agriculture Committee. Also, he is Chair of the Select Committee on Urban Planning and Land Use in Underserved Communities, and Co-Chair of the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color.