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In 2014, she ran for office for the first time and was elected to the California State Assembly, defeating the incumbent. She was immediately accused of numerous serious campaign finance violations by her opponents, including money laundering, purposefully hiding donors, and secretly arranging independent expenditures to benefit her.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.latimes.com/local/politics/la-me-pol-patty-lopez-20150414-story.html|title=A political novice who scored big upset finds herself on the defensive|first=Los Angeles|last=Times|publisher=}}</ref> She was subjected to an over year long investigation by the California Fair Political Practices Commission.<ref name="sacbee.com">{{cite web|url=http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article64637052.html|title=Patty López, Stanislaus County Republican Party hit with FPPC fines|publisher=}}</ref> The Commission ultimately exonerated her of all serious charges although they found some minor infractions in record-keeping and she was fined accordingly.<ref>http://www.fppc.ca.gov/content/dam/fppc/documents/Stipulations/2016/March/06%20Patricia%20Lopez%20-%20Campaign%20Reporting-%20Mar-2016%20-%20Fine$7500.pdf</ref> Her most serious campaign finance law violation was her failure to properly deposit approximately $800 in campaign funds raised from selling homemade pupusas and tamales on the side of a freeway off-ramp into her campaign bank account first before spending it on campaign t-shirts for her volunteers.<ref name="sacbee.com"/>
 
In 2014, she ran for office for the first time and was elected to the California State Assembly, defeating the incumbent. She was immediately accused of numerous serious campaign finance violations by her opponents, including money laundering, purposefully hiding donors, and secretly arranging independent expenditures to benefit her.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.latimes.com/local/politics/la-me-pol-patty-lopez-20150414-story.html|title=A political novice who scored big upset finds herself on the defensive|first=Los Angeles|last=Times|publisher=}}</ref> She was subjected to an over year long investigation by the California Fair Political Practices Commission.<ref name="sacbee.com">{{cite web|url=http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article64637052.html|title=Patty López, Stanislaus County Republican Party hit with FPPC fines|publisher=}}</ref> The Commission ultimately exonerated her of all serious charges although they found some minor infractions in record-keeping and she was fined accordingly.<ref>http://www.fppc.ca.gov/content/dam/fppc/documents/Stipulations/2016/March/06%20Patricia%20Lopez%20-%20Campaign%20Reporting-%20Mar-2016%20-%20Fine$7500.pdf</ref> Her most serious campaign finance law violation was her failure to properly deposit approximately $800 in campaign funds raised from selling homemade pupusas and tamales on the side of a freeway off-ramp into her campaign bank account first before spending it on campaign t-shirts for her volunteers.<ref name="sacbee.com"/>
   
Since joining the Assembly, Patty López has authored several pieces of legislation that have been successfully enacted into law. Her most important piece of legislation was the Right to Dry bill, which prohibits apartment complexes and multiple family residential dwellings from banning individuals who wish to dry their clothing on a clothes line.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.latimes.com/local/abcarian/la-me-ra-abcarian-clotheslines-20151012-column.html|title=Laundry liberation: California becomes a 'right to dry' state|first=Los Angeles|last=Times|publisher=}}</ref> She also authored legislation to require an independent film maker to sit as a boardmember on California's Filming Commission.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://asmdc.org/members/a39/news-room/press-releases/assemblywoman-patty-lopez-s-film-commission-bill-becomes-law|title=Assemblywoman Patty López’s Film Commission Bill Becomes Law - Assemblymember Patty Lopez Representing the 39th California Assembly District|publisher=}}</ref> In 2016, she was honored by the National Women's Political Caucus as the recipient of their annual Leadership award.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.facebook.com/AssemblywomanPattyLopez/photos/a.1620785618175650.1073741828.1620093574911521/1705739669680244/?type=3&theater|title=Assemblywoman Patty López - Timeline - Facebook|publisher=}}</ref> She was also given the annual Green Leadership Award in 2016. She notably authored a bill to make prosecutorial misconduct a felony offense.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.ocregister.com/articles/prosecutors-730795-law-orange.html|title=Prosecutors face felonies if they cheat|first=TONY|last=SAAVEDRA|publisher=}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/california-prosecutor-misconduct-felony_us_57eff9b7e4b024a52d2f4d65|title=Cheating California Prosecutors Face Prison Under New Law|first1=Matt Ferner National|last1=Reporter|first2=The Huffington|last2=Post|date=1 October 2016|publisher=}}</ref> Although she was accused of being a secret Republican, Patty López earned a perfect score from the Courage Campaign in their review of her 2015 voting record. She also has led activist rallies in her community in defense of the rights of undocumented immigrants and the rights of transgender individuals.
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Since joining the Assembly, Patty López has authored several pieces of legislation that have been successfully enacted into law. Her most important piece of legislation was the Right to Dry bill, which prohibits apartment complexes and multiple family residential dwellings from banning individuals who wish to dry their clothing on a clothes line.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.latimes.com/local/abcarian/la-me-ra-abcarian-clotheslines-20151012-column.html|title=Laundry liberation: California becomes a 'right to dry' state|first=Los Angeles|last=Times|publisher=}}</ref> She also authored legislation to require an independent film maker to sit as a board member on California's Filming Commission.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://asmdc.org/members/a39/news-room/press-releases/assemblywoman-patty-lopez-s-film-commission-bill-becomes-law|title=Assemblywoman Patty López’s Film Commission Bill Becomes Law - Assemblymember Patty Lopez Representing the 39th California Assembly District|publisher=}}</ref> In 2016, she was honored by the National Women's Political Caucus as the recipient of their annual Leadership award.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.facebook.com/AssemblywomanPattyLopez/photos/a.1620785618175650.1073741828.1620093574911521/1705739669680244/?type=3&theater|title=Assemblywoman Patty López - Timeline - Facebook|publisher=}}</ref> She was also given the annual Green Leadership Award in 2016. She notably authored a bill to make prosecutorial misconduct a felony offense.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.ocregister.com/articles/prosecutors-730795-law-orange.html|title=Prosecutors face felonies if they cheat|first=TONY|last=SAAVEDRA|publisher=}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/california-prosecutor-misconduct-felony_us_57eff9b7e4b024a52d2f4d65|title=Cheating California Prosecutors Face Prison Under New Law|first1=Matt Ferner National|last1=Reporter|first2=The Huffington|last2=Post|date=1 October 2016|publisher=}}</ref> Although she was accused of being a secret Republican, Patty López earned a perfect score from the Courage Campaign in their review of her 2015 voting record. She also has led activist rallies in her community in defense of the rights of undocumented immigrants and the rights of transgender individuals.
   
 
Patty López has also been known to occasionally give remarks on the State Assembly floor in Spanish, which is her first language.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yom7EA_xEho|title=La Asembleísta Lopez Habla de la Importancia de la Comisión Costera|first=|last=AssemblyAccess|date=2 September 2016|publisher=|via=YouTube}}</ref> She was one of five Democrats in the State Assembly to vote against the mandatory vaccination bill, SB 277.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TH1WswtR4w|title=CA SB277 - Asm Lopez (D) in Opposition - June 25 2015|first=|last=David Meiners|date=25 June 2015|publisher=|via=YouTube}}</ref> Additionally, she was a strong proponent of the minimum wage increase to $15 an hour in California, reflecting on the Assembly floor about her own experience as a minimum wage earner.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn626iICAdE|title=López Praises Passage of Landmark Minimum Wage Law|first=|last=AssemblyAccess|date=4 April 2016|publisher=|via=YouTube}}</ref>
 
Patty López has also been known to occasionally give remarks on the State Assembly floor in Spanish, which is her first language.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yom7EA_xEho|title=La Asembleísta Lopez Habla de la Importancia de la Comisión Costera|first=|last=AssemblyAccess|date=2 September 2016|publisher=|via=YouTube}}</ref> She was one of five Democrats in the State Assembly to vote against the mandatory vaccination bill, SB 277.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TH1WswtR4w|title=CA SB277 - Asm Lopez (D) in Opposition - June 25 2015|first=|last=David Meiners|date=25 June 2015|publisher=|via=YouTube}}</ref> Additionally, she was a strong proponent of the minimum wage increase to $15 an hour in California, reflecting on the Assembly floor about her own experience as a minimum wage earner.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn626iICAdE|title=López Praises Passage of Landmark Minimum Wage Law|first=|last=AssemblyAccess|date=4 April 2016|publisher=|via=YouTube}}</ref>
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She ran for reelection in 2016 and was successful in once again making the top two runoff in June 2016.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.citywatchla.com/index.php/the-la-beat/11262-patty-rocky-lopez-advances-stern-surprises-leaving-some-question-about-the-value-of-endorsements|title=Patty ‘Rocky’ Lopez Advances, Stern Surprises … Leaving Some Question about the Value of Endorsements|first=Paul|last=Hatfield|publisher=}}</ref>
 
She ran for reelection in 2016 and was successful in once again making the top two runoff in June 2016.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.citywatchla.com/index.php/the-la-beat/11262-patty-rocky-lopez-advances-stern-surprises-leaving-some-question-about-the-value-of-endorsements|title=Patty ‘Rocky’ Lopez Advances, Stern Surprises … Leaving Some Question about the Value of Endorsements|first=Paul|last=Hatfield|publisher=}}</ref>
   
López had the endorsement of the California League of Conservation Voters,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.ecovote.org/page/endorsements#assembly|title=Endorsements - California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV)|publisher=}}</ref> SEIU United Healthcare Workers West, the California Teachers Association,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.cta.org/Campaign2016/CTA%20Recommends%202016|title=CTA Recommends|publisher=}}</ref> SEIU State Service Employees Council, SEIU Local 2015,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.seiuca.org/2016/01/29/seiu-california-announces-legislative-endorsements-for-2016-primary/|title=SEIU California Announces Legislative Endorsements for 2016 Primary|first1=Mike|last1=Roth|first2=|last2=916.444.7170|publisher=}}</ref> SEIU Local 99,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://seiu99.org/2016/06/06/seiu-californias-endorsement-for-the-june-2016-legislative-primary-elections/|title=SEIU endorsements for the June 2016 primary elections|first=SEIU Local|last=99|publisher=}}</ref> United Teachers of Los Angeles, the California Nurses Association,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.nationalnursesunited.org/legislation/entry/ca-endorsements|title=California Endorsements - National Nurses United|publisher=}}</ref> Consumer Attorneys of California,<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.caoc.org/index.cfm?pg=2016ElectionHQ|title=CAOC 2016 Election HQ|publisher=}}</ref> the Sierra Club,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.sierraclub.org/california/2016-endorsements|title=2016 Endorsements|date=11 May 2015|publisher=}}</ref> the National Women's Political Caucus,<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.facebook.com/nwpclametro/photos/a.463209567106734.1073741826.433996256694732/1112881135472904/?type=3&theater|title=National Women's Political Caucus Metro Los Angeles - Timeline - Facebook|publisher=}}</ref> Democrats for Israel, the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, the Chicano Latino Immigrant Democratic Club of Los Angeles, the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, the California Democratic Legislative Women’s Caucus, and the California Legislative Latino Caucus. She also earned the endorsement of the Los Angeles Daily News.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.dailynews.com/opinion/20160520/patty-lopez-in-assembly-district-39-endorsement|title=Patty Lopez in Assembly District 39: Endorsement|publisher=}}</ref>
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López had the endorsement of the California League of Conservation Voters,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.ecovote.org/page/endorsements#assembly|title=Endorsements - California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV)|publisher=}}</ref> [[SEIU United Healthcare Workers West]], the [[California Teachers Association]],<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.cta.org/Campaign2016/CTA%20Recommends%202016|title=CTA Recommends|publisher=}}</ref> SEIU State Service Employees Council, SEIU Local 2015,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.seiuca.org/2016/01/29/seiu-california-announces-legislative-endorsements-for-2016-primary/|title=SEIU California Announces Legislative Endorsements for 2016 Primary|first1=Mike|last1=Roth|first2=|last2=916.444.7170|publisher=}}</ref> SEIU Local 99,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://seiu99.org/2016/06/06/seiu-californias-endorsement-for-the-june-2016-legislative-primary-elections/|title=SEIU endorsements for the June 2016 primary elections|first=SEIU Local|last=99|publisher=}}</ref> [[United Teachers of Los Angeles]], the [[California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee|California Nurses Association]],<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.nationalnursesunited.org/legislation/entry/ca-endorsements|title=California Endorsements - National Nurses United|publisher=}}</ref> [[Consumer Attorneys of California]],<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.caoc.org/index.cfm?pg=2016ElectionHQ|title=CAOC 2016 Election HQ|publisher=}}</ref> the [[Sierra Club]],<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.sierraclub.org/california/2016-endorsements|title=2016 Endorsements|date=11 May 2015|publisher=}}</ref> the [[National Women's Political Caucus]],<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.facebook.com/nwpclametro/photos/a.463209567106734.1073741826.433996256694732/1112881135472904/?type=3&theater|title=National Women's Political Caucus Metro Los Angeles - Timeline - Facebook|publisher=}}</ref> Democrats for Israel, the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, the Chicano Latino Immigrant Democratic Club of Los Angeles, the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, the California Democratic Legislative Women’s Caucus, and the California Legislative Latino Caucus. She also earned the endorsement of the [[Los Angeles Daily News]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.dailynews.com/opinion/20160520/patty-lopez-in-assembly-district-39-endorsement|title=Patty Lopez in Assembly District 39: Endorsement|publisher=}}</ref>
   
 
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