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Los Angeles County, CA November 7, 2006 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Mike Feuer

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Member of the State Assembly; District 42

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Biography Mike Feuer for State Assembly, 42nd District

Mike Feuer is a distinguished attorney and a dynamic community leader who has devoted his entire public life to community service.

As a member of the Los Angeles City Council, Mike tackled the tough issues and led development of budgets for California's largest city. He has the experience on the big stage and is prepared to become an effective leader in the State Assembly.

  • Mike chaired the City Council's Budget and Finance Committee, delivering balanced multi-billion dollar budgets and intervening to ensure meals and transportation for seniors in need, jobs for disadvantaged youth, basic services for Los Angeles' neighborhoods and funding to promote literacy.

  • Mike led the Council's committees on business tax reform, children's and seniors' issues and ethics in government.

  • He authored groundbreaking laws and created innovative programs to combat gun violence, expand quality affordable housing, protect seniors from elder abuse, advance the rights of women and girls, enhance environmental quality, improve emergency services and public safety, promote better race relations and reform City government.

Before winning a seat on the Council in a special election in 1995, Mike served as Director of Bet Tzedek Legal Services, where he oversaw free legal representation for more than 50,000 elderly, poor and disabled clients on issues including health care, nursing home abuse, consumer fraud, and slum housing. According to the Los Angeles Daily Journal, Mike transformed Bet Tzedek into a "national success story." Mike led Bet Tzedek to establish cutting edge programs and initiate key legislation to help Alzheimer's patients, seniors ripped off by scam artists, victims of the Northridge earthquake and L.A. civil unrest, families struggling with substandard housing conditions and Holocaust survivors striving to retain restitution for the suffering they've endured.

  • Mike has also taught at the UCLA School of Public Affairs and the UCLA Law School, practiced law at two of California's leading firms and served as a judicial clerk on the California Supreme Court.

  • He is the author of dozens of articles on children, seniors, government reform, violence prevention, consumer rights, the justice system and the environment in California's leading newspapers.

  • He has served as a commentator on National Public Radio member station KPCC.

  • Mike chaired the Mayor's Affordable Housing Trust Fund Advisory Committee.

  • He served on the board of California Common Cause and on the Harvard Law School Board of Overseers Visiting Committee.

  • Mike graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude from Harvard College and cum laude from Harvard Law School.

Mike and his wife, former environmental attorney Gail Ruderman Feuer, have been married for 21 years. They have two children, Aaron, 14, and Danielle, 11.

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