SACRAMENTO, CA - Diane Papan was sworn in as the Assemblymember for District 21 today in the State Capitol. The newly elected Assemblymember will be representing the region encompassing the eastern Peninsula.
"I look forward to working with my colleagues to address our most urgent challenges including climate change, affordable housing, wildfire prevention, access to healthcare services and quality public education among many priorities,” said Papan. “There is much work to do and I am eager to help ensure that all Californians thrive.”
Papan grew up in San Mateo County and has lived with her family in San Mateo for over twelve years. She was elected to the San Mateo City Council in 2015 and again in 2020 and was serving as Deputy Mayor prior to winning her Assembly seat. Papan's work in her community includes being the Co-Director of a non-profit providing new clothing to school-aged kids in need and a scholarship fund for special needs and “late bloomer” high school seniors. Papan is an attorney who began her legal career litigating public works projects. Today she has a commercial law practice representing small businesses.
Papan received a degree in political theory from the University of California, Los Angeles, and later earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Papan and her husband Dan are proud parents of a teenage daughter. Papan is the daughter of the former Dean of the Assembly Lou Papan.