July First marked the start of Vice Mayor Jacque Robinson's effort to succeed State Senator Carol Liu. Robinson filed papers to open campaign committee, Jacque Robinson for Senate 2016. She will run as a candidate for the Democratic Party.
Currently, in her second term on the Pasadena City Council, Robinson has played an integral role in ushering the City through one of the worst economic recessions in recent times. Her recent work has included helping pass a balanced city budget for just the second time in more than a decade, leading the fight for local hiring on several high profile city projects including the Rose Bowl Stadium renovation and continuing collaborative work as the founder of the Pasadena/Altadena Vision 20/20 Initiative aimed at decreasing violence and providing education and employment opportunities for high-risk, high-need youth, young adults, and their families.
Although the election remains more than three years away, Robinson says "I look forward to traveling across the San Gabriel Valley Foothill Cities to not just begin introducing myself to our neighbors outside of Pasadena but really listen to how residents and business owners feel California state government can work better for them. Representing Pasadena has been one of the greatest honors of my life and I look forward to bringing that same sense of pride and commitment to this election and service to the people of the 25th Senate District."
Robinson's Council Committee assignments include Chair of the Public Safety and member of Economic Development and Legislative Policy. She has served on the League of California Cities Transportation Policy Committee and is a graduate of the former Senator Barack Obama's Hopefund - Yes We Can Training program, the Los Angeles African American Women's Public Policy Institute and active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is also current Chair of the Foothill Workforce Investment Policy Board and Commissioner to the Burbank Bob Hope Airport Authority. A proud public school graduate of John Muir High School in Pasadena, Robinson earned her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and M.A. in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. Robinson also serves as Policy Director for a venerated Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member.
Robinson will run for re-election to the Pasadena City Council in March 2015.