Biography

Asm. Laura Friedman

Laura Friedman was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2016 to represent the 43rd Assembly District which encompasses the cities of Burbank, Glendale, and La Cañada Flintridge, as well as the communities of La Crescenta and Montrose, and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Atwater Village, Beachwood Canyon, Los Feliz, East Hollywood, Franklin Hills, and Silver Lake. 

In her first term in the Assembly, Laura secured $20 million in funding for the completion of the Glendale Riverwalk Project, and authored a package of bills to encourage water conservation, strengthen environmental sustainability, improve access to higher education and health care, and create new avenues for communities to tackle the affordable housing crisis. 

Over the course of her time in office, Laura has been tapped for several leadership roles in the legislature, including the Assistant Speaker pro Tempore for the Assembly, the Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and the Chair of the Joint Rules Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response where she’s led a historic bicameral and bipartisan reform of the legislature’s response to sexual harassment that’s become a model for other states and local governments to follow. 

Building upon her record as a steadfast advocate for the environment, in January she was named the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, which covers air quality, climate change, renewable energy, coastal protection and many more key environmental issues.  Laura also serves as a member of the Assembly Committees on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media; Human Services; Transportation; and Water, Parks, and Wildlife.

Laura got her start in the private sector working as a film and television executive and producer after receiving her B.A. from the University of Rochester, New York.  In 2001, she launched her own web-based small business.  Building on her years of community service, she was elected to the Glendale City Council in 2009, served as Mayor from 2011 through 2012 and was re-elected in 2013.

Throughout her career, she’s served on a number of boards and commissions.  She served for seven years on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. She is a Past President of the Independent Cities Association, was a Hollywood-Burbank Airport Commissioner, and a Board Member of the Southern California Association of Governments where she was a member of the Energy and Environment Committee. Laura also spent five years on the Glendale Design Review Board.   

Laura is a Glendale resident and lives with her husband Guillaume Lemoine, a landscape designer, and their daughter Rachel.