Wicks, who represents Berkeley and Oakland in the state assembly, says she requested to cast her vote on the bill by proxy amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but her request was denied.
So she drove to Sacramento Monday with her 1-month-old, Elly, and made it in time to speak on the assembly floor, Elly swaddled over her shoulder.
"I was actually in the middle of feeding my daughter when this bill came up, and I ran down on the floor today because I strongly need to pass this bill," Wicks said.
State Bill 1120, which aimed to make it easier to build duplexes in areas zoned for single-family homes, failed to pass the State Assembly Monday.
Wicks tweeted she was "absolutely devastated" by the bill's failure.
"Our housing crisis requires us to act, and tonight we failed to do that," she said. "But I promise you this: I will *always* show up for housing - no matter what."
On Tuesday evening, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, a Democrat who represents part of Los Angeles County, issued an apology.
"I want to make a full apology to Assemblymember Wicks. My intention was never to be inconsiderate toward her, her role as a legislator, or her role as a mother," Rendon said in a statement. "Inclusivity and electing more women into politics are core elements of our Democratic values. Nevertheless, I failed to make sure our process took into account the unique needs of our members. The Assembly needs to do better. I commit to doing better."
Editor's note: This story was updated to include the speaker's apology.