Elected to represent the 14th Assembly District in 2008, Nancy Skinner was first appointed Chair of the Assembly's Natural Resources Committee and currently Chairs the Assembly Rules Committee. Nancy brings to the Assembly experience as a Berkeley City Councilmember, authoring the first Styrofoam ban in the US, and as a member of the East Bay Regional Park District Board, small business owner and founder of the international association Local Governments for Sustainability. Nancy has an extensive background in climate change, coordinated the Cities for Climate Protection Campaign and the 2005 Summit between CEOs, which included Governor Schwarzenegger and UK Prime Minister Blair, and which helped lead to the signing of California's Global Warming Solutions Act. As a legislator, Nancy Skinner is perhaps best known for her E-Fairness bill requiring Amazon and other internet retailers to collect sales tax -- legislation that is expected to bring California up to $500 million in new revenue.
In the Assembly, Nancy has also authored legislation to increase solar energy use, improve the energy efficiency of homes and businesses, make food stamps more accessible to eligible families and expand awareness of the Earned Income Tax Credit--federal dollars that could put needed cash into the households of over 800,000 eligible Californians. Nancy and her staff love her East Bay District and look for every chance they can get to honor constituents for their achievements, such as her annual Women of the Year event, and to host programs such as tax preparation assistance, vaccination and health check-ups, recidivism prevention, shoreline clean up and more.