Fran Pavley authored AB 1493, California's landmark tailpipe emission reduction bill. The US and Canada have adopted standards based on her law. Cleaning up our air, reducing dependence on foreign oil, and saving motorists money at the pump, will continue to be priorities for Senator Pavley.
Senator Fran Pavley was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the San Fernando Valley. She was a former middle school history teacher with the Moorpark School District and the first Mayor of Agoura Hills. She has a deep understanding of the issues that matter to the 930,000 constituents in the new 27th State Senate District, which encompasses portions of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
Prior to her election to the Senate, Fran Pavley, served three terms in the State Assembly. Her landmark legislation on "Clean Car" standards (AB 1493) is now known as the "Pavley" law. These new standards are increasing the fuel efficiency in automobiles, reducing dependence on foreign oil, cleaning up our air, and saving motorists money at the pump. In addition, automobile companies are finally seeing dramatic increases in employment, by designing and manufacturing these cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars that consumers want to purchase. Recently, Senator Pavley was invited to attend a White House Rose Garden ceremony, where the President announced that there would be a new national standard modeled on the "Pavley" law.
Senator Pavley took the lead as the Chair of the Natural Resource and Water Committee at a challenging time. Fran, joined other lawmakers in passing legislation that will help develop a more reliable water supply, restore the Delta ecosystem, and create more regional and conservation programs to meet the needs of both agricultural and urban water users.
Senator Pavley also serves on the Energy, Appropriations, Transportation and Housing, and Environmental Quality Policy Committees. She was asked to serve on the Select Committee on Autism.
As Chair of a Select Committee on the Environment and the Economy, Fran has worked to ensure that California becomes the home of new 21st century businesses and jobs. New policies and programs are spurring public and private investment in alternative fuels, energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean technologies. Her foresight and leadership on these issues have been recognized at home and abroad.
Senator Pavley and her husband, Andy, were both public middle school teachers and they believe that improving California's schools, colleges and universities is an investment in our state's economy. Andy and Fran have lived in Agoura Hills for 35 years where they raised their two children and four Guide Dogs.