She will be sworn in on Wednesday, March 21 in the State Capitol.
San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) is making history this Wednesday when she is sworn in as the California Senate’s 48th President pro Tempore, the first woman and first lesbian to hold the top seat in the Senate.
Senator Atkins is the second senator from San Diego County to serve as President pro Tem (Senator Jim Mills of Coronado served as pro Tem from 1970 to 1980).
Prior to beginning her first term in the Senate in 2017, Atkins served on the San Diego City Council from 2000 to 2008 and the state Assembly from 2010 to 2016.
She served as acting Mayor of San Diego when Dick Murphy resigned in 2005 and was Speaker of the Assembly from 2014 to 2016.
Said Atkins of her new position: “I think you're going to see my focus will be internally, so you're not going to get any big pronouncements."
She is also one of eight members of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus.
Senator Atkins married Jennifer LeSar in 2008.
The swearing-in ceremony will be held at 1 pm, Wednesday, March 21 in the Senate Chambers, State Capitol, Sacramento, California.
The Hon. Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, will administer the oath of office. Rabbi Laurie Coskey of San Diego will give the invocation.