Biography

Elected to the State Senate in November 2016, Senator Steven Bradford represents the 35th State Senate District, which includes the communities of Carson, Compton, Gardena, Harbor Gateway, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Pedro, South Los Angeles, Torrance, Watts/Willowbrook and Wilmington.

Senator Bradford is a proud life-long public servant and citizen activist, previously serving as Mayor of Gardena and a member of the State Assembly. Bradford has spent his career being singularly focused on one objective– to represent his constituents to the best of his ability and to work tirelessly to get things done for families and local neighborhoods in our community.

Senator Bradford grew up in Gardena, California, where his mother– a nurse– instilled in him strong values of caring for others and giving back to the community. His father –who owned his own small business– taught him the importance of speaking up and out against injustice.

In the Assembly, Steven served as Chair of the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color. While there, he worked hard to correct the many institutional injustices that plague young Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific Islander males in California.

Senator Bradford earned a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science at California State University, Dominguez Hills and San Diego State University. In his free time, he enjoys golf and coaches both baseball and football at Rowley Park in the City of Gardena. He is the proud founder of the Gardena Jazz Festival - one of the most popular events in the entire South Bay!