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(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) has been elected by her colleagues in the California State Assembly to become the 69th Speaker later this Spring, succeeding current Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles).

“I am grateful to my Assembly colleagues for selecting me for this honor and responsibility,” says Atkins.  “After several years of deficits and financial challenges created by the Great Recession, California has finally begun down a path of stabilization and growing prosperity.  I look forward to working with Assemblymembers on both sides of the aisle and the Governor as we take advantage of this opportunity to continue laying a sound financial foundation for our state.”

With her selection as Speaker, Atkins becomes only the second Democratic woman and second member of the LGBT community to hold the post.  As Majority Leader, she is already responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Assembly Floor and has served as a member of Speaker Perez's leadership team.

The Assembly Speaker is the highest ranking officer in the State Assembly. The Speaker is charged with the overall management and supervision of the Assembly. She appoints members to all committees and subcommittees of the Assembly, allocates funds, staffing, and other resources for the effective operation of the House, and establishes committee schedules. The Speaker is also responsible for making or recommending numerous appointments to state bodies and serves on the University of California Board of Regents and the California State University Board of Trustees.

Atkins represents a coastal San Diego district and was elected to the Assembly in 2010 following eight years on the San Diego City Council.

Website of Assemblymember Atkins: http://www.asmdc.org/atkins

Below are links to audio of Assemblymembers Atkins:

Assemblymember Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) is chosen to be the next Speaker of the Assembly on a voice vote. (:24)
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Remarks from Speaker-elect Atkins following the vote. (4:50)
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Speaker-elect Atkins talks about the significance of her selection to be the next Speaker and what she hopes to accomplish. (1:29)
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Speaker-elect Atkins says the transition will not take place right away. (:08)
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Speaker-elect Atkins says she will represent the entire state as Speaker. (:29)
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CONTACT: Dale Kelly Bankhead (619) 645-3090