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Toni Atkins chosen as Majority Floor Leader of California Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Assemblymember Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) has been selected for the position of Majority Floor Leader, effective Sept. 1.

The Majority Leader is one of the most powerful officers in the Assembly and represents the Speaker on the Floor, expedites Assembly Floor proceedings through parliamentary procedures such as motions and points of order and promotes harmony among the membership.

Speaker John A. Pérez announced his selection today. The two top positions in the California Assembly are now held by a gay man and a lesbian.

“I am humbled and excited by this opportunity to assist Speaker Pérez and am grateful for the trust the Speaker has placed in me,” Atkins said.

"I also look forward to working with my Assembly colleagues in accomplishing the important work that lies ahead of us – continuing to balance the state budget, creating jobs, protecting the health and welfare of all Californians, and making the promise of the Golden State a reality through strong education and infrastructure programs,” she said.

Elected in 2010 and expected to be re-elected to a second two-year term in November, Atkins has served as Majority Whip for the past two years. The Whip is responsible for coordinating legislative support for bills as they come to the Assembly floor for a vote.

Atkins also serves on the Housing and Community Development, Health, Judiciary, Veterans and Government Organization Committees. She is also Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Homelessness.