Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I live in Senator Bates’ district?

A: Click here to find out if Senator Bates represents you.

Q: What are Senator Bates’ duties?

A: Besides introducing and voting on state legislation on behalf of nearly one million Californians, Senator Bates serves as an “ambassador” between the state government and the communities she represents.

She attends local events throughout the year to recognize the great work of her constituents and to listen to their concerns. In addition, she and her staff can help constituents navigate the state bureaucracy in certain instances.

Q: I have an issue with a state agency. Can Senator Bates help me?

A: In some cases, her staff can help bring additional attention to your situation. They are committed to doing what they can to help you navigate the state bureaucracy, which they know can be frustrating. They can also refer you to other agencies and organizations to help resolve your issue.

Q: How do I invite Senator Bates to an event?

A: You can invite her by submitting a formal request in writing.  While her legislative duties do not allow her to attend every event she is invited to, she has district staff to help represent her. Please send your invitation, preferably with at least 30 days advance notice, to her scheduler at:

Office of Senator Patricia C. Bates
Attention: Scheduler
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA   95814

or by e-mail to Senator.Bates (at)

Please include the date, time and location of the event. Also, include information pertaining to the nature of the event and Senator Bates’ requested role.

Q: Does Senator Bates have an internship program?

A: Yes. Senator Bates offers internship opportunities in her district and capitol offices when space is available. For district internships, please contact one of her district offices. For capitol internships, please contact her capitol office.

The Senate also sponsors the Senate Fellows Program that gives college graduates the opportunity to work as paid legislative staff members for a year. Fellows do substantive work such as drafting policy analyses, writing speeches and conducting briefings.

Former fellows have enjoyed successful careers at all levels of government and in other fields. Notable alumni include House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and former Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen. It is no surprise that career website has ranked the fellows program as one of the nation’s best! For more information, please click here.