Workers’ rights attorney Kipp Mueller launches campaign for State SenateSebastian Cazares July 10, 2019 0 COMMENTS
Workers’ rights and immigration attorney Kipp Mueller has announced his candidacy to challenge State Senator Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) for the 21st Senate District, which includes segments of the Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley and Victor Valley.
Mueller currently works as a partner at employment law firm Mueller Vemuru LLP, often representing unions and workers’ rights in legal fights against large corporations. He has been working in the Victor Valley for several years representing the family of a union worker and clients at Adelanto — Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s newest and largest detention center in California.
“I represent the family of a union worker who died out in the Victorville area while working as a contractor for Edison, and I also work as a pro bono asylum attorney at the ICE detention center in Adelanto,” Mueller said. “So I have been working in this community for some time.”
As a founder of the organization Resurgent Left, Mueller initially became familiar with the Santa Clarita area while assisting with the campaign efforts of now-Congresswoman Katie HIll (D-Agua Dulce) in 2018. Although Mueller moved to Santa Clarita recently, he believes he has the strong commitment to local communities needed to represent the district.
“What struck me from the start was that I hadn’t felt a sense of ‘home’ since I left Sacramento,” Mueller said. “Here, I could feel it from the moment I started meeting people, and I really missed it. People look out for each other here. Friends are family here. That’s how I grew up.”
Mueller became even more attached to the community when, after he lost his dog and posted to local social media groups about the situation, neighbors joined him in the search for his pet.
“People I had just met pulled all-nighters with me, and they didn’t know either me or my dog,” Mueller said. “They did it because the community looks out for each other. I value that deeply.”
Mueller grew up in Sacramento with both of his parents. His mother was a community college counselor that worked with disabled students and his father started a small business painting houses. During the summer, Mueller painted houses alongside his father.
“I’m very proud of my upbringing, and I’m grateful that during that time, ‘working class’ meant that you didn’t have to fear the first of the month,” Mueller said. “My dad had diabetes, but he didn’t have to decide between paying the mortgage or rationing his insulin. Now, being middle and working class means struggling to pay the bills and save enough to feel secure.”
He went on to graduate from the University of California, Berkeley and received his Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School. In 2014, Mueller worked for the Department of Justice, Consumer Protection Branch in Washington D.C. and then moved back to California to work in the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office, where he focused on consumer rights and sex crimes.
Since he is a workers’ rights attorney, Mueller’s campaign priorities include enforcing labor codes, protecting middle class families, balancing the state budget and strengthening labor unions. His platform also includes guaranteeing access to affordable healthcare, lowering housing costs and transitioning to clean energy sources.
“My priority is making sure that our state senate is focused on the needs of working class and middle class families over the wants of special interests,” Mueller said. “For decades, we have had stagnant wages while costs of living have risen, including healthcare and housing. Meanwhile, trillions of dollars in new wealth has virtually entirely been hoarded by the very top. I want to see a robust and prosperous 21st century middle class here in California.”
Although there are now three candidates seeking to represent the 21st Senate District — Mueller, immigration attorney and College of the Canyons adjunct faculty union leader Warren Heaton and the incumbent state senator, Wilk — Mueller remains motivated.
“We deserve a new leader who will defend our values, protect our communities and fight for our future,” Mueller said. “We need people in Sacramento fighting for the working and middle class. I will work hard every single day to create high wage jobs, access to affordable healthcare and housing and to find a path to ending homelessness.”
Mueller’s full platform and more information about his campaign can be found at KippForSenate.com.
Sebastian Cazares is a lifelong Santa Clarita resident and student at College of the Canyons. He was heavily involved in Speech, Model UN, Rotary Club and journalism during his high school years. Sebastian is deeply interested in local politics and excited to report on the issues that impact his community.