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Friday, 05 November 2010 08:44

Assembly Democrats Unanimously Back New Term for Speaker John A. Pérez

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, has announced that while meeting in Sacramento today returning and newly-elected Assembly Democrats voted unanimously to support Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) for a second term as Speaker of the Assembly.

“Speaker Pérez has focused the Assembly on the economy and jobs and he fought hard for the values we share during the long and difficult budget negotiations,” Assemblymember Hill said.  “His current effort to prevent a crisis for thousands of working families who could lose their child care is the latest example of why we want his strong leadership to continue.”

“As an incoming member of the Assembly I am very pleased Speaker Pérez’s priorities match the priorities and values of the people who sent me to Sacramento,” incoming Assemblymember Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) said. “The new members also appreciate the fact that Speaker Pérez is only in his second term, which will help give the Assembly greater strength and stability as we work to ensure that California recovers from the recession.”

Under Speaker Pérez’s leadership the Democratic majority in the Assembly grew from 50-29-1 to 52-28, one of only two Democratic legislative houses in the country to post a gain in Tuesday’s midterm election.  The official election of the Speaker will take place after all 80 Assembly members are sworn in on Monday, December 6.

Thanking his colleagues for their support, Speaker Pérez made the following statement:

“It has been a humbling privilege to lead the outstanding members of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, who work so hard every day to make things better for the people they represent and all the people of California. I am also greatly impressed with the caliber and character of our new members, and I welcome them to the people’s house.  There is still a lot to do and I look forward to working with all my colleagues—and a new Democratic Governor—on our key goals: creating jobs and helping the California families and businesses who have been hurt by the recession.”

Website of Assembly Democratic Caucus: http://asmdc.org/

Website of Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez: www.asmdc.org/speaker