You don’t choose the moment…

…the moment chooses you. And last night, in a seemingly contradictory moment of joy and sadness, I found resolution in my new role as your next State Senator — that this is right where I need to be.

As the youngest Senator in California, at a troubling time in our nation’s history, it is incumbent on me to lead by example for our next generation — to show that California will continue to be a refuge, a place of progress.

Today, we must resolve to protect those who may soon find themselves in the crosshairs, in California and across the nation. For the young women worried that they will lose access to reproductive health care; for the Dreamers worried about whether their families will be fractured; for the LGBTQ youth, worried about a future where bullies reign; for the clean energy entrepreneur, worried that all the climate progress we are on the brink of making will vanish in a puff of black smoke: the California Legislature has your back.

Thank you for making this moment possible, through your phone calls, door knocks, letters, social media posts, contributions, and ardent belief, that if we stand stern, combining our labor with our love, we will wrestle a new dawn from the darkness.

With limitless gratitude,


State Senate candidate Henry Stern rolls out endorsements from Harris, Newsom, Chiang, Padilla, Yee, Garcetti and Riordan as campaign enters final weekend

On the heels of endorsements from President Barack Obama, Governor Jerry Brown and trusted newspapers in Los Angeles and Ventura County, Henry Stern’s campaign continues to gain steam down the homestretch.

His Get Out the Vote efforts have been aided by a prominent bi-partisan coalition of leaders, from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and former Mayor Richard Riordan, to Congressmember Brad Sherman, and former Congressmembers Henry Waxman, Tony Beilenson and Howard Berman. Ventura County influencers like Superintendent Linda Parks, Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin and Congressmember Julia Brownley have also come out to rally the troops for Stern, as have public watchdogs like California Attorney General Kamala Harris, State Treasurer John Chiang and Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin.

These leaders shared their reasons for endorsing Stern:

Attorney General Kamala Harris:

“Henry has demonstrated that he has the guts to stand up for working families and the smarts to not be fooled by special-interest lobbyists. In the Senate, he will help my office carry on its mission of fighting crime, holding polluters accountable and protecting consumers against Wall Street abuses.”

Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom:

“Henry Stern has the courage to stand up to the special interests to do what’s right for California — making neighborhoods safer and our environment healthier. That’s why I support him, and I imagine that’s why the Sierra Club and our public safety leaders do, too.”

State Treasurer John Chiang:

“Henry Stern has the integrity and experience to bring greater accountability and transparency — and smart investment in education and infrastructure — to state government. I’m proud to be joining firefighters and educators in supporting Henry Stern for Senate.”

Secretary of State Alex Padilla:

“Henry Stern understands the needs and concerns of the San Fernando Valley. He has a proven record of fighting to save quality local jobs, better schools and safe, healthy neighborhoods. We need him in the State Senate.”


State Controller Betty Yee:

“I am pleased to endorse Henry Stern for the California State Senate.  His experience and deep knowledge of the issues facing California make him the best suited to represent the 27th Senate District.  Henry Stern represents a new generation of leadership dedicated to ensuring California is the best place to live, work, and thrive.  Please join me in supporting Henry Stern for the State Senate.”

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti:

“We need leaders like Henry Stern in the State Senate. Henry has proven that he can cut through partisan gridlock to improve our schools, protect our air and water quality, save and attract quality local jobs and help make our neighborhoods safer.” 

Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan:

“Independent leaders like Henry Stern will work with BOTH parties to get things done. Henry has experience creating quality jobs and writing tough laws preventing domestic violence and keeping neighborhoods safe. I’m proud to join local law enforcement and small business leaders in supporting Henry Stern for State Senate.”

Stern has also been endorsed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer and City Council and School Board members from every area of the district.

For a complete list of Stern’s endorsers, go to

U.S. President Barack Obama Endorses Henry Stern

Crucial Momentum Boost in SD 27 with President’s Down-Ballot Nod

WASHINGTON — Today Barack Obama endorsed Henry Stern in his race for California State Senate District 27. Henry Stern is among a select group of state legislative candidates from around the country to be endorsed by Obama. The 27th Senate District includes eastern Ventura County, Malibu, portions of Santa Clarita and much of the San Fernando Valley, including Calabasas, Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Northridge, Porter Ranch, Reseda, Tarzana, Topanga, Winnetka and Woodland Hills.

This district has caught national attention as it is the epicenter of the gas wellhead blowout in the quiet suburb of Porter Ranch. The Obama Administration recently announced a framework for new national safety standards for gas storage to prevent another such incident.

Henry has been the lead environmental attorney for outgoing Senator Fran Pavley as they imposed stringent new oversight and accountability measures, as well as a statutory moratorium on the Southern California Gas Company’s use of the field.

“We are thrilled that Barack Obama is endorsing our candidates in some of the most competitive races across the country,” said Jessica Post, Executive Director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. “His endorsement highlights how crucial state legislative elections are to building on the progress the President has achieved and to continuing to move our nation forward.”

Governor Brown endorses Henry Stern in 27th Senate District, citing his independence and strength

Governor Jerry Brown, well known for his political independence, has endorsed state Senate candidate Henry Stern, who is running to succeed Senator Fran Pavley in the 27th Senate District.

“Look, today in politics, more than anything else, we need independence and we need strength,” Brown said. “Henry has both, and he’ll work for this district and work for you.”

Stern, a Canoga Park resident, educator and environmental attorney, has been a senior adviser to two longtime pioneering representatives in the district: Congressman Henry Waxman and outgoing Senator Pavley.

The Governor joins a diverse coalition of supporters who have united behind Stern. They include firefighters, law enforcement organizations, teachers, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and local newspapers including the Ventura County Star and the Santa Clarita Valley Signal.

Stern said he is proud to receive Brown’s endorsement and vowed to work with the Governor to help carry on the responsible policies that have enabled California to erase the multi-billion-dollar deficits that existed when he took office, restore spending on public schools and build a robust rainy-day reserve fund that will protect against the possibility of future school-funding cutbacks.

“Governor Brown’s leadership has helped turn California around — building the economy, creating jobs, protecting the environment, restoring full funding to our schools and prudently managing our state budget,” Stern said. “Sixty-three thousand new jobs were created in California in August — that’s 42% of the new jobs in the nation. I look forward to working with him to keep California on this prosperous and promising course.”

The 27th Senate District includes eastern Ventura County, Malibu, portions of Santa Clarita and much of the San Fernando Valley, including Calabasas, Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Northridge, Porter Ranch, Reseda, Tarzana, Topanga, Winnetka and Woodland Hills.

Welcome Back

Welcome back to my website!

As you probably heard by now, we emerged from the June 7th primary election with more votes than anyother Democratic candidate. I’m honored to be the Democratic nominee going into the November Election — and I’m proud to be supported by a broad coalition of both Democratic and Republican local elected leaders, firefighters, teachers, nurses, deputies, highway patrol officers, environmental and neighborhood leaders.


This diverse coalition binds us across party lines, voters young and old, leaders in small business, education, agriculture, environment, public safety, health, faith, technology, LGBTQ and women’s issues. What we have in common is that we are LOCAL, and we share a very special region that we are lucky to call home.

If we bring the same gusto to the general election, we will win this Senate seat in November, and put to work this engine of good in the Capitol of the greatest state in the greatest nation in the world.

There is no adequate measure of gratitude I can convey to those of you who are part of the coalition that has brought us this far, so let me just begin to repay the debt with a redoubling of my commitment to serve you with joy, courage and resolve.

I also want to give special thanks to my primary election competitors who brought so much energy, commitment and intelligent ideas to the campaign. It is important for the voters to have good choices when electing their leaders, and I’m honored to have been on the ballot with fellow Democrats Janice Kamenir-Reznik, David Pollock, Shawn Bayliss and George Christopher Thomas.

We still have a lot of work ahead of us to broaden the coalition — and I invite all voters in the 27th District to join!

In appreciation,

Henry Stern

A message from Celinda Vazquez, Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project LA County

100 for Henry_275 px“Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County is confident that Henry Stern would be a strong advocate for women’s health in Sacramento. He is 100% supportive of protecting and increasing access to the critical care that women rely on at Planned Parenthood health centers — including birth control, cancer screenings, and safe, legal abortion.

“Californians are fortunate to have several strong, 100% pro-women’s health candidates running in SD 27, including Henry Stern.”

— Celinda Vazquez, VP of External Affairs for Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County

Special Report from the California League of Conservation Voters

“Oil Industry Trying to ‘Buy’ California Elections”

According to the California League of Conservation Voters — and confirmed at the Secretary of State’s website for campaign fundraising disclosure:

“An independent expenditure campaign in Senate District 27, which includes parts of northern Los Angeles County and Ventura County, has been formed with funds from a political action committee heavily financed by Chevron Oil. That independent expenditure campaign is designed to undercut frontrunner Henry Stern, a policy adviser who helped craft successful legislation to contain oil and gas industry pollution while serving on Senator Fran Pavley’s staff.”

The “Independent Expenditure” against Henry Stern — who is supported by the Sierra Club, CLCV, State Senator Fran Pavley, former Congressmember Henry Waxman, Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks and many many more local leaders — launched with nearly $200,000 in mailers in less than two weeks. Most of the mailers include a printed statement that they are paid for by a dentists’ PAC — but the dentists admitted taking thousands for the campaign against Stern from another PAC, which has received over $2 million from Chevron since 2014.

Sign up here to help Henry fight back against Big Oil! You can make a donation here.

For more information about Big Oil’s campaign against Henry, click on the links below:

Big Oil’s candidate in SD 27

Oil industry trying to buy California elections

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Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin Endorses Henry Stern

For Immediate Release
Friday May 6, 2016
Contact: Michael Soneff (310) 968-5729


Thousand Oaks, CA – Today Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin announced that she is supporting Henry Stern for State Senate in the June 7 primary election.

“I have seen Henry working in the community, on the campaign trail, and in the capitol, with a unique combination of policy expertise and a good humored political nature in this all-too-toxic political environment,” said Assemblymember Irwin. “Henry’s commitment to defending public education, standing up for public safety and protecting our quality of life in the Conejo Valley make him uniquely qualified to represent this district. As a fellow collegiate athlete, I also see in Henry the competitive spirit and teamwork that make him a great leader.”

Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin serves Thousand Oaks as the representative of the 44th District. Irwin also served as Mayor of Thousand Oaks, where she fought to balance the budget and restore funding for both education and public safety, without raising taxes.

Democrat Stern (Canoga Park), an educator and environmental attorney, is leading the field in the 27th District, with a strong fundraising advantage, and support from prominent elected officials, business leaders, grassroots activists, and community organizations. Irwin joins the growing list of Ventura County leaders and organizations who have endorsed Stern, including:

  • State Senator Fran Pavley
  • Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks
  • Ventura County Professional Firefighters Association Local 1364
  • Tri-Counties Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Ventura County Young Democrats
  • Scott Blough, Simi Valley Unified School District Board President
  • Shawn Terris, Chair, Ventura County Democratic Central Committee, California Democratic Party Veterans Caucus*
  • Hank Lacayo, President, California Congress of Seniors*
  • Suz Montgomery, Senior Advocate, Advisory Council, Ventura County Area Agency on Aging
  • Debra Broner, Region 10 Director, California Democratic Party*
  • Josh Donner, President, Moorpark High School Democratic Club

*All titles are for informational purposes only

Press Release: LGBTQ Advocates Endorse Henry Stern

CONTACT: Michael Soneff   (310) 968-5729
For Immediate Release, March 24, 2016


Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, and the Stonewall Young Democrats, a national leader in youth LGBTQ advocacy, announced their endorsements for Henry Stern, Senator Fran Pavley’s choice to fill her seat when she terms out this year. 

Stonewall Young Democrats President Ari Ruiz said, “Henry’s passion for equality was clear to our members—he is going to be a powerful ally in Sacramento. We’ve enjoyed our partnership with our friend, Senator Fran Pavley, and we agree with her that the best person to replace her in the Senate is Henry Stern.”

“Stern’s commitment to safer neighborhoods, schools that offer quality education and a supportive environment to all students and a greener, sustainable California will benefit the LGBT community together with all Californians,” said Equality California President Rick Zbur. “Equality California is endorsing Henry because we believe that his experience in Sacramento, his policy expertise and his commitment to social justice for the LGBT community, together with all the communities of which LGBT people are a part, will make him a strong ally in the California Senate.”

“Despite huge California victories in striking down Proposition 8 and promoting equality in our institutions and our law, daily injustices continue,” Stern said. “Thousands of LGBTQ youth in my district find themselves trapped, bullied with nowhere to turn, and suffer alarming rates of suicide and homelessness. We must keep fighting to bring a full measure of justice and compassion to those who are discriminated against because of who they are and who they love. I’m proud to be a part of that effort with the Stonewall Young Democrats and Equality California, two potent voices for progress in California.”

Democrat Stern (Canoga Park), an educator and environmental attorney, is leading the field in the 27th District, with a strong fundraising advantage, and support from prominent elected officials, business leaders, grassroots activists, and community organizations. Some of Stern’s notable recent endorsements also include the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, the Tri-Counties Central Labor Council, the California League of Conservation Voters, and the Los Angeles County Young Democrats.

Press Release: Henry Stern Endorsed by Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks

CONTACT: Michael Soneff   (310) 968-5729
For Immediate Release March 15, 2016


Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks — an extremely well known advocate for open space and transparency in government and California’s most prominent Independent leader — announced that she is supporting Henry Stern for the 27th State Senate District in the June 7 primary election.
“I’ve worked with Henry Stern to preserve open space in the Santa Monica Mountains and in Ventura County, and I’ve seen first hand that he has the integrity, intelligence and experience to stand up to the powerful special interests,” Parks said. “As Senator Fran Pavley’s senior policy advisor, I’ve also worked with Henry to hold polluters accountable and make state government more responsive to the needs of Ventura County,” Parks continued.
Senator Pavley endorsed Stern when he announced his candidacy last year.
Supervisor Parks, who previously served as Mayor and City Council member for the City of Thousand Oaks, sponsored the “Parks Initiative” that preserves open space and parkland in Thousand Oaks, wrote the City’s first campaign reform law, and is one of the organizing directors of the countywide SOAR campaign. Parks worked with Pavley and community leaders in the sixteen-year effort that culminated in the purchase of Ahmanson Ranch as a State Park.
“I’m honored to be supported by Supervisor Linda Parks — a truly independent leader who fights for the people of Thousand Oaks and the 2nd Supervisorial District,” Stern said. “She’s served as an important role model in the effort to preserve parks and open space, reduce traffic — and protect our quality of life.”
Last week Democrat Stern also earned the endorsements of the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, the Tri-Counties Central Labor Council, Equality California, Ventura County Professional Firefighters’ Association Local 1364, CAL FIRE Local 2881, and the California Association of Highway Patrolmen. 

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