Christine Kehoe



Christine Kehoe made history when she was elected to the San Diego City Council in 1993 as the first LGBT candidate to win public office in San Diego. Chris went on to serve seven years on the City Council followed by twelve years in the state legislature. While a city councilmember, Chris was successful in strengthening neighborhood services, funding programs for The Center and San Diegans living with AIDS and adding grade school classrooms in North Park and Normal Heights and leading a major redevelopment in City Heights. Chris was appointed to the California Coastal Commission and the San Diego Association of Governments while on city council. Later, as a member of the Assembly, she authored the largest energy conservation bill in California history at the time as well as the bill that established the San Diego River Conservancy. She was the founding chair of the LGBT Legislative Caucus, one of the first in the country. It is for these reasons that she is being inducted into the San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame as a Trailblazer.