March 23, 2018 – -To much fanfare the California State Senate last week elected a new leader, Senator Toni Atkins (D – San Diego) . Sen. Atkins took the oath as President Pro Tempore of the California Senate two years after serving as speaker of the Assembly. She’s the first legislator since 1871 to hold both leadership posts. Atkins, 55, will make history, as the first woman and the first openly gay lawmaker to lead the upper house in Sacramento. Sen. Atkins is well known for being pragmatic and accessible. Atkins wins praise for not only listening to opposing viewpoints but also for bearing witness to the impacts — good and bad — of decisions made in Sacramento. Through her term in the Assembly and the Senate, the association has maintained an excellent relationship with her. With her new position we can expect some leadership changes, including new committee chairs. Senator Leyva (Chino) was removed from Senate Rules and Senator Richard Roth (Riverside) and Senator Monning (Carmel) were added. Senator Richard Pan (Sacramento) was appointed to Chair of the Labor, Senator Steven Bradford (Gardena) was appointed to Chair of Banking, and Senator Steven Glazer (Orinda) was appointed to Chair of Insurance. Other changes will be shared as soon as they are announced.