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Lesbian lawmaker elected to California Senate

SACRAMENTO – California Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani, a Democrat from Livingston who came out just over a year ago, apparently has won a tightly contested race for the state Senate.

Last week, Galgiani took the lead over Assemblymember Bill Berryhill, a Republican, after trailing since Election Day. She then began growing that lead as provisional ballots were being counted in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties, the heart of the 5th Senate District.

If Galgiani’s election is certified, she will be part of a supermajority in the Senate where the Democrats hold 29 of the 40 seats. The Democrats also had a supermajority in the Assembly, giving Gov. Jerry Brown the opportunity to advance the Democratic agenda.

The new legislative session starts Dec. 3.