Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. most recently, the Director of Asset Management for the City of Los Angeles was elected in November 2012, to represent California's 59th Assembly District. The entire district lies within the county of Los Angeles and includes the communities of South Los Angeles, Florence-Firestone, Huntington Park and Walnut Park.
His history of public service includes serving as Chair of the LA County Small Business Commission, an Assistant Deputy Mayor for the City of Los Angeles and Vice President of SEIU's (Local 721) Los Angeles Professional Managers Association.
The Jones-Sawyer family were early pioneers in the civil rights movement. His uncle was one of the "Little Rock Nine"--high school students who braved violent mobs to integrate Little Rock Central High School in 1957; one of the most important and documented events in our nation's history.
Jones-Sawyer earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and completed the prestigious Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government program, for senior executives in state and local government.
While serving as Assistant Deputy Mayor for the City of Los Angeles, Mr. Jones-Sawyer transformed the bureaucratic quagmire of the city's permit development process into a more "customer-friendly" agency that expedited the creation of the Magic Johnson Theater Empire and Staples Center Arena.
Jones-Sawyer also served as chair of the Baldwin Hills Conservancy, USC Black Alumni, New Frontier Democratic Club and the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. He is the divorced father of three; Reginald, Jr., Lauren and Evan. Currently the Chair of California Legislative Black Caucus.