CA-37: Sydney Kamlager (D)

November 8, 2022 by TWN Staff
CA-37:  Sydney Kamlager (D)

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Born in Chicago to interracial parents, Sydney Kamlager got her first taste of politics working with her grandmother to help elect Harold Washington — the city’s first Black mayor.

She came to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California as a political science major. While she was at USC, the 1992 riots following the Rodney King verdict erupted.

And that catalytic event motivated her to work with Rebuild LA and the Los Angeles Festival, two nonprofit organizations that advanced job creation and public arts programs to restore broken communities.



Early in her career, she worked at the Social and Public Arts Resource Center in Venice and then as an advocate for quality childcare and early education at the nonprofit Crystal Stairs in Los Angeles. She served as district director for Holly Mitchell, when Mitchell was first assemblywoman and later senator.

In 2013, she was appointed to the Los Angeles County Commission on Children and Families.

She successfully ran for State Assembly in 2018 and State Senate in 2021.


Kamlager is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from USC and master’s degree  in Arts Management and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. She lives in View Park with her husband, Austin Dove, her two step-children, and their rescue pets.

The above information was sourced from the candidate’s website.

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