Senate President pro Tempore-Designee Toni Atkins:
Elected to the State Senate in 2016 after serving as Speaker of the California State Assembly, Senator Toni G. Atkins represents the 39th Senate District, which includes the cities of San Diego, Coronado, Del Mar and Solana Beach. She will be sworn in as Senate President pro Tem on March 21, 2018.
Under her leadership, the Assembly Democrats championed the state's first Earned Income Tax Credit, which benefits nearly 1.5 million Californians and lifts 50,000 people out of poverty and 50,000 others out of deep poverty. She also provided budget funding to help provide more affordable housing, one of the state's biggest crises and the issue that is closest to her heart. Toni Atkins is a coalition builder who believes that sound government policies can impact people's lives in positive ways. She is a powerful advocate for women, the LGBT community and a champion for veterans, individuals, and families experiencing homelessness.
Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon:
Anthony Rendon was sworn-in as the 70th Speaker of the Assembly on March 7, 2016. Rendon represents the 63rd Assembly District in the California State Assembly. The district includes nine cities –
Bell, Cudahy, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount, South Gate and a northern portion of Long Beach.
In 2017, Rendon led the most progressive and productive legislative session in memory – a year in which the Assembly passed a landmark $52 billion transportation funding plan, extension of California’s cap-and-trade program, first-of-its-kind clean air measure, and legislation to address the affordable housing crisis. The 2017 state budget included expansion of the earned income tax credit and child care eligibility, record investment in education, and reforms to the Board of Equalization and University of California.