Latino Caucus Praises Historic Leadership Election: Assemblymember Rendon to Serve as the Next Speaker of the State Assembly
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, and Vice-Chair Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), issued the following statement regarding the historic leadership election which took place earlier today.
“On behalf of the Latino Caucus, it is with great honor and pride that we congratulate Speaker-Elect Anthony Rendon. We know firsthand that Speaker-Elect Rendon will work diligently and tirelessly on issues that not only impact Latinos, but all Californians. This past summer, the United States Census Bureau confirmed Latinos as the largest ethnic group in California. With that said, it is imperative that our state leaders develop policies and initiatives with Latinos and all working Californians in mind. We also want to thank Speaker Atkins for her tireless leadership on immigration policies, the Water Bond and higher education, just to name a few.”
Speaker-Elect Rendon currently represents the 63rd Assembly District and will serve as the 70th Speaker of the State Assembly. He will be the fifth Latino to serve as Speaker of the State Assembly. Past Latino Speakers include, Cruz Bustamante, Antonio Villaraigosa, Fabian Nuñez, and John A. Pérez. This is also the first time in history that both the Senate President pro Tempore and Speaker of the State Assembly are Latino.
Contact: Michelle Reyes / Michelle.Reyes@asm.ca.gov / (916) 319-2030