A leader with decades of experience in public service and community-building, Dr. Susan Talamantes Eggman was elected in November 2012, and re-elected in 2014, to represent the 13th Assembly District, which draws together the San Joaquin Delta communities of Stockton, Tracy, Thornton and Mountain House.
Susan grew up on her family’s small almond orchard and apiary in Turlock. It was a farm-to-market family business, with Eggman’s father and brother tending the orchard and hives, her mother keeping the books, and later her partner, Renee Hall, bottling and selling the honey at farmers markets in San Francisco. Though much of the open space and farmland Eggman explored on horseback as a child has since been paved over, her family is still farming. Continuing three generations of growing and beekeeping in California’s Central Valley, with more than 40 acres of almonds and 2000 beehives, the Eggman family is connected to a great variety of agriculture, including tree fruit and livestock.
Susan joined the U.S. Army out of high school and served four years as a medic. After her service, she attended California State University, Stanislaus, where she completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social work. She worked as a mental health provider and medical social worker before completing a Ph.D. at Portland State University. An associate professor of social work at California State University, Sacramento, Susan has taken a leave of absence to serve on the State Assembly. A lifelong learner, Susan passed the Licensed Clinical Social Worker examination shortly after assuming office.
The chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, Susan also serves on the committees on Agriculture, Appropriations, Business, Professions and Consumer Protection, and Utilities and Commerce. She was elected in January 2015 to serve as the chair of the California LGBT Caucus.
A former member of Stockton’s City Council – and the first Latina elected to that office – Susan is committed to policies that advance the good of her whole community, including improving access to health care, expanding educational opportunities and addressing her district’s critical need for resources to address crime. She has a proven record of working across partisan divides to find working solutions to real problems.
Susan and Renee, her partner for more than 30 years, live in Stockton’s Victory Park neighborhood, where they are raising Renee’s niece, Eme.