Policymaker Speaker Series: Featuring California Senator Scott Wiener
During this moderated Q&A session, California State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)—who has received nationwide attention for authoring dozens of high-profile legislative proposals—provided a recap of the 2020 election and how the results may impact his 2021 legislative priorities. The senator also provided his perspective on a wide range of policy matters, including privacy, energy, housing, LGBTQ issues, and others.
Senator Scott Wiener (D-SF) represents San Francisco and northern San Mateo County in the California State Senate. Elected in 2016, Senator Wiener focuses extensively on housing, transportation, civil rights, criminal justice reform, clean energy, and alleviating poverty. He chairs the Senate Housing Committee and the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus. Before his election to the Senate, Senator Wiener served as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing the district previously represented by Harvey Milk. He also chaired the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. Before taking public office, Senator Wiener practiced law for 15 years, including nearly a decade as a deputy city attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney's Office. He also served in a number of community leadership roles, including co-chair of the San Francisco LGBT Community Center and member on the national board of directors of the Human Rights Campaign. Senator Wiener has lived in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood since 1997. He received degrees from Duke University and Harvard Law School and was a Fulbright Scholar in Santiago, Chile.