Former California Assemblymember Gwen Moore Passes Away

Thursday, August 20, 2020

(LOS ANGELES) — Gwen Moore left the California Assembly in 1994 after more than a decade of accomplishments as a Democrat, including serving as the powerful Majority Whip and authoring the 1984 landmark Moore Universal Service Telephone Act, which required the state’s Public Utilities Commission to provide low-income households with access to affordable telephone service.

The Moore Act still is with us, although Moore sadly isn’t. Gwen died on Aug. 19 at age 79.

While she is gone, Gwen definitely is not forgotten. Born, raised and educated in Los Angeles, she rose from student to teacher to professor to being elected to the LA Community College Board and then to the Assembly in 1978.

Gwen never abandoned who she was or where she came from, using tax law to sponsor progressive legislation aimed at eliminating racial, gender and other forms of bigotry. Before she retired from public office, Gwen had more than 400 laws to her name that focused on providing justice and equal footing to women and racial minorities.

“Assemblymember Moore was an icon of the legislature,” said Assemblymember Kamlager. “She was a powerful advocate, dedicated public servant and exceptional leader. Knowing her was an honor and her impact on California will live on for generations.”

In addition to her role as an Assemblymember, Moore served as the first Vice President of the California State Conference of the NAACP, Co-Vice Chair of the California Utility Diversity Council, and Chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures National Committee on Telecommunication and Transportation.

Following her time in the legislature, Gwen Moore founded GeM Communications Group, a public relations firm focused on legislative strategy and community outreach.

“Gwen will be missed,” Kamlager said.