Releases & Statements

Speaker Rendon Statement on Becerra Confirmation

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SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement after the Assembly voted 56-23 to confirm the nomination of Rep. Xavier Becerra as Attorney General of California:

“Throughout the confirmation process and his career in public service, Xavier Becerra has proven he will stand up for California’s progressive policies and uphold our laws on criminal justice, immigration, the environment, and consumer protection. He will be an Attorney General for all Californians – for our values, our priorities, and our constitutional rights.

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Assembly Special Committee Recommends Becerra Confirmation; Floor Vote Friday

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SACRAMENTO — The Assembly Special Committee on the Office of the Attorney General today voted 6-3 to recommend that the full Assembly confirm Rep. Xavier Becerra as Attorney General of California.

“I was very impressed with the depth and thoughtfulness of Congressman Becerra’s answers to questions posed by the Committee and in his handling of questions in our confirmation hearing,” said Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay). “At this time in California, there is no better person for the job as Attorney General.”

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Speaker Rendon Announces Leadership Team, Committee Chairs

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SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) today announced committee chair and Democratic leadership appointments. The appointments are effective immediately.

Please see attached letter to the Chief Clerk for all appointments.

Assembly Democratic Leadership:
Speaker pro Tempore – Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo)
Assistant Speaker pro Tempore – Assemblymember Autumn Burke (D-Inglewood)
Majority Leader – Assemblymember Ian Calderon (D-Whittier)
Assistant Majority Leader – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland)
Majority Whip – Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D-San Fernando Valley)
Assistant Majority Whip – Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego)
Assistant Majority Whip – Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara)
Democratic Caucus Chair – Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson)

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Assemblymember David Chiu Joins Colleagues to Announce Bills to Address Affordable Housing Crisis

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Sacramento, CA—Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) today was joined by Assemblymembers Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Anna Caballero (D-Salinas), Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), and Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) to announce four bills to address California’s affordable housing crisis. These bills will fund production of housing for low-income families, incentivize local governments to complete upfront planning and environmental review and approve housing permits to increase housing supply, fund the enforcement of existing state housing law by the Attorney General, and provide rental assistance to homeless Medi-Cal recipients. The authors of the individual bills are listed below.

“Every Californian deserves a safe, affordable home. The affordable housing crisis threatens our state’s economic prosperity and climate goals and deepens inequality,” said Assemblymember David Chiu, Chair of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee. “There is no single solution to resolve the crisis. My colleagues and I have put forward solutions to increase funding, incentivize and streamline housing creation, and to enforce existing housing law where creation is not occurring.”

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Speaker Rendon Appoints Assembly Committee on the Office of the Attorney General

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SACRAMENTO — As part of the confirmation process for Attorney General-designate Xavier Becerra, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) today announced he has appointed a Special committee on the Office of the Attorney General.

Members of the Assembly’s Special Committee on the Office of the Attorney General are:

Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) Co-chair
Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) Co-chair
Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco)
Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (R-Templeton)
Assemblymember Susan Eggman (D-Stockton)
Assemblymember James Gallagher (R-Yuba City)
Assemblymember Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale)
Assemblymember Eloise Reyes (D-San Bernardino)
Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego)

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Speaker Rendon Strikes Defiant Tone For California As Assembly Reconvenes

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(Sacramento) - Shortly after being re-elected as leader of the Assembly, Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) struck a defiant tone calling for the protection of Californians against the incoming presidential administration. In remarks to the full Assembly Speaker Rendon said, “Californians may accept the lawfulness of the November election, but millions of us do not accept the sentiment delivered by this election. It is up to us to pass policies that would firewall Californians – and what we believe – from the cynical, short sighted, and reactionary agenda that is rising in the wake of the election.” Rendon also outlined key areas of focus for the Assembly in the upcoming legislative session – noting unfinished business related to housing and transportation infrastructure. Here’s more from the Speaker in this Assembly Access video.

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Assembly Democrats Unanimously Retain Anthony Rendon as Speaker

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SACRAMENTO — At their organizational caucus today, Assembly Democrats chose Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) to continue as their party’s leader by acclamation.

“It is a great honor to have my colleagues in the Democratic Caucus, both old and new, put their faith in me to continue serving as Speaker,” Speaker Rendon said. “Last session, the Assembly helped drive major successes including raising the minimum wage, fighting climate change, regulating guns and tobacco, and passing a budget that makes important investments in education while protecting the state’s fiscal stability. Even though we face great uncertainties at the national level, I’m looking forward to another strong year in the California Legislature.”

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Speaker Rendon Statement on the Passing of Senator Sharon Runner

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SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement regarding the passing of Senator Sharon Runner:

“Throughout her service in the Assembly and State Senate, Sharon Runner worked tirelessly on behalf of her constituents and all of California's children. Senator Runner also showed great leadership in the cause of increasing organ donation, and it would be a great tribute to her memory for more Californians to sign up to be part of this vital program. On behalf of my colleagues in the Assembly we join Senator Runner’s family and her countless friends in mourning her passing. ”

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