Senator Leyva Congratulates Senator Atkins on Senate President pro Tempore Vote

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) issued the following statement after the election by the Senate Democratic Caucus of Senator Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) as the President pro Tempore of the California State Senate:

“I wish to congratulate Senator Atkins and look forward to working alongside her to improve the lives of working families, women and all Californians.  As I have said many times, it is critical that the Senate is led by a woman at this time and I am confident that Senator Atkins will be the leader we need when our house is faced by very serious allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct.  I believe that Senator Atkins’ previous experience will serve her well in this new role and am ready to fight alongside her and the rest of our colleagues to continue to move our state forward in the months and years ahead.  I have been proud to serve as Democratic Caucus Chair since 2015 and look forward to working with our new Pro Tem to ensure a productive future for the Senate and state.”