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Toni Atkins chosen next Speaker of Calif. state assembly

Atkins becomes the first out lesbian to serve as Speaker, and only the second openly LGBT person to serve in that capacity.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California state Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins of San Diego has been chosen by her Democratic colleagues to succeed Speaker John A. Pérez as the next Speaker of the Assembly.

Toni Atkins

Toni Atkins

Atkins becomes the first out lesbian to serve as Speaker, and only the second openly LGBT person to serve in that capacity. She succeeds Perez, who was the first openly gay lawmaker to hold the post.

“I am humbled, grateful, and ready to get to work,” says Atkins, in a statement.

“From the drought we are experiencing to ensuring a healthy business climate and a world class educational system, California is facing important issues in the near future. I look forward to leading the State Assembly in working with the Senate and the Governor to meet our challenges and to move our great state forward. I thank my Assembly colleagues for their confidence and support,” she said.

“I also am very grateful to Speaker Pérez for his support and mentorship and I look forward to working with him on a smooth transition.”

With her selection as Speaker, Atkins becomes only the second Democratic woman to hold the post. As Majority Leader, she is already responsible for the day to day operation of the Assembly Floor and has served as a member of Speaker Perez’s leadership team.

Atkins represents a coastal San Diego district and was elected to the Assembly in 2010 following eight years on the San Diego City Council, including a term as Acting Mayor.

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17 more reader comments:

  1. Out & Proud:))))

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:12pm
  2. George Biagi !

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:19pm
  3. Soooo proud of my dear friend and former co-worker and boss! Toni Atkins is the hardest working elected official I have ever met--this is such a well-deserved and well-earned honor.

    Replied on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 1:07am
  4. One day this won’t make the news…

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:38pm
  5. Proud of our Toni in SD!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:46pm
  6. I remember her when she was just running for office in San Diego. This is wonderful news!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:56pm
  7. Great news ! Congratulations!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:58pm
  8. What a disgrace!!!! What kind of VALUES????? Does that teach or one have !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 1:00am
  9. Such great news today. I worked with and for Toni Atkins for 10 years–on the staff of Councilmember Christine Kehoe and as Toni’s communications director when she became Third District Councilmember after Christine moved to the Assembly (and later the Senate). Toni is the hardest working elected official you’ll ever meet. Honest, dedicated, compassionate and kind–just a few of the words that accurately describe my dear friend. Way to go, Toni!

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 1:11am
  10. Very happy for her.

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 2:49am
  11. Congratulations Toni !

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 3:18am
  12. Good for her

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 3:31am
  13. Congratulations Ms. Atkins!

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 5:04am
  14. Tod Tod Rose, Toni can run circles around your bigoted ass, man.

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 5:18am
  15. I don’t believe she is the first out lesbian to serve as Speaker in any state. The speaker of the House in Oregon was first.

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 5:33am
  16. Now, do something about Gay rights.

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 12:56pm
  17. Congratulation

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 1:02pm