CA Senate Announces 2017 Legislative Session Education Committee Chairs and Assignments

Today, Senate Leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) announced committee chairs and assignments for the 2017-18 Legislative Session.

Of particular interest, Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) was named chair of the Senate Education Committee, while Anthony Portantino (D-La Canada-Flintridge) was named chair of the Senate Budget Subcommittee for Education. Additionally, Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) assumes the chair of the Senate Budget Committee (former chair Mark Leno termed out in 2016).

Senate Education Committee - Senator Allen assumes the chair of the Senate Education Committee on the heels of an exodus of decades’ worth of institutional memory, largely due to term limits, which ushered out former Senators Carol Liu (D), Loni Hancock (D), and Bob Huff (R). Additionally, in 2016 the Senate lost Marty Block (former committee member and chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Education) due to a deal he made with former Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, which meant he would not run for reelection (Senator Atkins now represents his former district).

 The Senate Education Committee in 2017-18 will consist of seven members - down from nine last session. The new committee Vice-Chair is Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita), replacing Bob Huff. Following is a full roster of the committee:

 ·       Senator Ben Allen, Chair

·        Senator Scott Wilk, Vice Chair

·        Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton)

·        Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino)

·        Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia)

·        Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento)

·        Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford)

Interestingly, Tony Mendoza remains on the Education Committee. He is a rumored candidate for State Superintendent in 2018. Senator Connie Leyva also remains on the committee, but it is worth noting that her role within the Senate Democratic Caucus has been elevated – now she is the Caucus Chair and sits on the powerful Rules Committee – further fueling rumors that current Senate Leader Kevin de León may be grooming her to be leader when he leaves.

Budget Subcommittee on Education – Senator Anthony Portantino returns to the Legislature and assumes the powerful role of chair of the three-member Budget Subcommittee on Education. Senators Allen and Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) round out the committee’s membership.

New Legislator Profiles – Our team recently compiled profiles for each of the newly elected members of the State Assembly and Senate. Links to those documents are below:

 ·        New State Assembly Member profiles

 ·        New State Senator profiles

 



Following is the entire press release from Senate leader Kevin de León:

California Senate Leader de León Announces Committee Assignments for the 2017-2018 Regular Session

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) has announced his leadership members and nominees for Senate standing committee chairs and members, forming a legislative team focused on job creation, long-term economic growth, and protecting the historic progress California has made in the last decade.

Designated committee chairs and membership will be formally adopted by the Senate Rules Committee when it convenes onJanuary 11, 2017.

Majority Leader:

Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel)

Majority Whip:

Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley)

Democratic Caucus Chair:

Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino)

Democratic Caucus Vice-Chair:

Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg)

Agriculture

Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton), Chair

Senator Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita), Vice Chair

Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Stanislaus)

Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa)

Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento)

Appropriations

Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), Chair

Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), Vice Chair

Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose)

Senator Steve Bradford (D-Gardena)

Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo)

Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama)

Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)

Banking and Financial Institutions

Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa), Chair

Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford), Vice Chair

Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton)

Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego)

Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens)

Senator Mike Morrell (R-Inland Empire)

Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada-Flintridge)

Budget and Fiscal Review

Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), Chair

Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), Vice Chair

Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica)

Senator Joel Anderson (R-San Diego)

Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose)

Senator Steve Glazer (D-Contra Costa)

Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg)

Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia)

Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel)

Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa)

Senator Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove)

Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento)

Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada-Flintridge)

Senator Richard Roth (D-Riverside)

Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley)

Senator Jeff Stone (R-Temecula)

Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont)

Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Education

Portantino (Chair), Allen and Moorlach

Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation

Wieckowski (Chair), McGuire, Mendoza and Nielsen

Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Health and Human Services

Pan (Chair), Monning and Stone

Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration and General Government

Roth (Chair), Glazer and Nguyen

Budget Subcommittee No. 5 on Corrections, Public Safety and the Judiciary

Skinner (Chair), Beall and Anderson

Business, Professions and Economic Development

Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), Chair

Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), Vice Chair

Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa)

Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton)

Senator Steve Glazer (D-Contra Costa)

Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina)

Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton)

Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento)

Senator Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita)

Education

Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), Chair

Senator Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita), Vice Chair

Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton)

Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino)

Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia)

Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento)

Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford)

Elections and Constitutional Amendments

Senator Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park), Chair

Senator Joel Anderson (R-San Diego), Vice Chair

Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica)

Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Los Angeles)

Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino)

Energy, Utilities and Communications

Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), Chair

Senator Mike Morrell (R-Inland Empire), Vice Chair

Senator Steve Bradford (D-Gardena)

Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres)

Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado)

Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Los Angeles)

Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo)

Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg)

Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley)

Senator Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park)

Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)

Environmental Quality

Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), Chair

Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford), Vice Chair

Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel)

Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo)

Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens)

Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley)

Senator Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park)

Governance and Finance

Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg), Chair

Senator Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove), Vice Chair

Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose)

Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina)

Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Los Angeles)

Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens)

Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa)

Governmental Organization

Senator Steve Glazer (D-Contra Costa), Chair

Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Stanislaus), Vice Chair

Senator Steve Bradford (D-Gardena)

Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres)

Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa)

Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado)

Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton)

Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo)

Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego)

Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens)

Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia)

Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada-Flintridge)

Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford)

Health

Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), Chair

Senator Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove), Vice Chair

Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego)

Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino)

Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles)

Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel)

Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton)

Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama)

Senator Richard Roth (D-Riverside)

Human Services

Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), Chair

Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Stanislaus), Vice Chair

Senator Steve Glazer (D-Contra Costa)

Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton)

Senator Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove)

Insurance

Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), Chair

Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado),Vice Chair

Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Stanislaus)

Senator Steve Glazer (D-Contra Costa)

Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina)

Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles)

Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton)

Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada-Flintridge)

Senator Richard Roth (D-Riverside)

Judiciary

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), Chair

Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa),Vice Chair

Senator Joel Anderson (R-San Diego)

Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Los Angeles)

Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel)

Senator Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park)

Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont)

Labor and Industrial Relations

Senator Steve Bradford (D-Gardena),Chair

Senator Jeff Stone (R-Temecula), Vice Chair

Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego)

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)

Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles)

Legislative Ethics

Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), Chair

Senator Mike Morrell (R-Inland Empire), Vice Chair

Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel)

Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado)

Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel)

Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont)

Natural Resources and Water

Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Los Angeles), Chair

Senator Jeff Stone (R-Temecula), Vice Chair

Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica)

Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego)

Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego)

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)

Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel)

Senator Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park)

Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford)

Public Employment and Retirement

Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), Chair

Senator Mike Morrell (R-Inland Empire), Vice Chair

Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino)

Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa)

Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada-Flintridge)

Public Safety

Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), Chair

Senator Joel Anderson (R-San Diego), Vice Chair

Senator Steve Bradford (D-Gardena)

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)

Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles)

Senator Jeff Stone (R-Temecula)

Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)

Rules

Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), Chair

Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres), Vice Chair

Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego)

Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Stanislaus)

Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino)

Transportation and Housing

Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose), Chair

Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres), Vice Chair

Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica)

Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego)

Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel)

Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado)

Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg)

Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia)

Senator Mike Morrell (R-Inland Empire)

Senator Richard Roth (D-Riverside)

Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley)

Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont)

Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)

Veterans Affairs

Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), Chair

Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), Vice Chair

Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa)

Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego)

Senator Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove)

Senator Richard Roth (D-Riverside)

Senator Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita)

 

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