The South Orange County Community College District Office of Public Affairs and Government Relations seeks to support legislation beneficial to the District and its two colleges—Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College. We work to expand and maintain financial opportunities throughout the District, by fostering and sustaining relationships with elected officials, government agencies, and industry experts.

Advocacy Activity

SOCCCD retains an advocacy firm (Townsend Public Affairs) to monitor state and federal legislation and grant funding. Advocacy efforts also include communication and visits with local, state, and federal legislative representatives to relay information about important higher education and workforce development issues.

Note: Any official position take on proposed legislation or initiatives must first be reviewed then approved by the board and chancellor before submission or publication. For questions, please contact Letitia Clark, Chief Communications Officer - lclark31@ 

Orange County Community Colleges Legislative Task Force

SOCCCD is a member of the Orange County Community Colleges Legislative Task Force (OCCCLTF), a coalition of the four community college districts in Orange County. Together, we advocate for legislation, public policy, and funding which affect student access to higher education, community college governance, and job training opportunities for more than 300,000 students in Orange County. View the OCCCLTF's Guiding Principles to view the mission, objectives, membership, and legislative priorities for 2022.

Community Funded Coalition 

SOCCCD belongs to a nine-member coalition of community colleges that receive basic aid funding. Monthly meetings are held to review State legislation that could have an impact on our institutions. 

Orange County Public Education Partnership

SOCCCD is a member of the Orange County Public Education Partnership (OCPEP), an advocacy group comprised of all public community colleges and universities in Orange County. Together, we work to protect education as an investment and economic contributor in Orange County. We advocate on issues such as funding sustainability, student financial aid, regulatory relief, and economic and workforce development.

Legislative Priorities

In partnership with the Colleges and advocacy firms, the Board of Trustees and Chancellor review and approve a set of annual priorities to focus on throughout the legislative sessions. To learn more, click on the documents below:

2024 Legislative Priorities document

2023 Legislative priorities document cover

2020 state legislative priorities cover

2019 State Legislative Priorities cover














Legislative Resources 

California Community Colleges Federal Policy Platform - 2023

Find your State Legislator

California Community College Chancellor's Office, Division of Governmental Relations

Community College League of California

California Legislative Analyst's Office

Note: The maps below are the districts taking effect in January 2023.

SOCCCD Representatives in the State Assembly

Assembly districts in SOCCCD 450p

AD-71: Member Kate Sanchez

AD-72: Member Diane Dixon

AD-73: Member Cottie Petrie Norris

AD-74: Member Laurie Davies 








SOCCCD Representatives in the State Senate

State senate districts in SOCCCD 450p

SD-36: Senator Janet Nguyen

SD-37: Senator Dave Min

SD-38: Senator Catherine Blakespear









SOCCCD Federal Representatives 

US congressional districts inside SOCCCD 450p

40th District: U.S. Representative Young Kim

46th District: U.S. Representative Lou Correa 

47th District: U.S. Representative Katie Porter

49th District: U.S. Representative Mike Levin


U.S. Senator Laphonza Butler

U.S. Senator Alex Padilla