Lawmaker Buffy Wicks forced to bring newborn daughter to assembly floor for vote

A Bay Area Assemblywoman was forced to bring her newborn daughter to the chamber because she was denied the right to vote remotely.

When Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks of Oakland went to cast her vote on a homelessness bill Monday night, her newborn baby stole the show.

“Colleagues, it’s good to see you all. I was actually in the middle of feeding my daughter when this bill came up,” Wicks said in the assembly chamber Monday. “I strongly believe we need to pass this bill. We are 2.5 million homes shy of where we need to be right now in the State (baby cries) and Elly agrees.”

Wicks had been on maternity leave after recently giving birth, but was forced to return to the state Capitol after her request to vote by proxy was denied because she wasn’t considered at a high risk of catching COVID-19.