Kevin de León Sworn in As L.A.’s Newest Council Member

Former state lawmaker Kevin de León was sworn in Thursday as the Los Angeles City Council’s representative for District 14.

De León now holds the seat formerly occupied by Jose Huizar, who is accused of accepting bribes from real estate developers in a wide-ranging public corruption scandal. De León won the seat outright on March 3 with more than 50% of the vote.

De León spoke to LAist about his top priorities, which include housing.

“First and foremost, we have to keep our residents who are currently housed, we have to keep them in housing because it's going to be exponentially much more expensive to re-house folks who are living in their apartments and their homes today," he said.

From 2014 to 2018, De León represented the 24th State Senate District and served as Senate President. From 2006 to 2010, he served in the California State Assembly, representing the 45th district.