Club Member Toni Atkins Continues to Make History!

Democrats for Equality,

Our members continue to make history, and one of our longtime club members has done it again!

Big news was mentioned early this morning by the L.A. Times, and was made official later by Senate Pro Tem Kevin de León — our very own State Senator Toni Atkins has the unified backing of her colleagues to become the next leader of the California State Senate.

This is historic for a number of reasons.

As mentioned in the L.A. Times article, Toni Atkins will be the first woman to serve as President Pro Tem in California history, she will be the first LGBT leader of the state senate, and will be the first former Speaker of the Assembly in 146 years to serve as senate leader.

On behalf of all of our club members, we are so extremely proud today.

#Ourmembersmakehistory #womenlead #trustwomen #LGBTQ

Here is Kevin de León’s statement from earlier today:

“For nearly four years, it’s been a profound honor to lead a unified, progressive and collaborative California State Senate. Together, we’ve put the public interest over individual ambitions and made enduring progress on behalf of millions of Californians.

“Unfinished work remains – and so does our Senate’s important tradition of seamless and peaceful leadership transitions.

“To that end, I have announced to our Senate Democratic Caucus that a formal vote to elect our next Senate President pro Tempore will be held in early January and a formal transition later in the year.

“Better yet, I’m pleased to announce that our Caucus is unified in support for Senator Toni G. Atkins of San Diego to serve as our next President pro Tempore.

“We aren’t just making consensus – we’re making history.

“Four years ago, our Caucus elected the first Latino leader in over a century to lead the California State Senate – and, next year, Senator Atkins will become our first ever woman to be elected Senate Leader.

“Toni is a leader of great experience, achievement and integrity, and I have every confidence that she will lead America’s most accomplished legislative chamber to even greater heights.

“As always, I thank the members of the Senate for their confidence, camaraderie and unwavering commitment to the future of this state.

“Working together, I look forward to another year of extraordinary progress.”

Here is Toni Atkins’s statement from earlier today:

“Today, I am humbled by the trust my colleagues have placed in me, and I intend to earn that trust every day by working tirelessly and inclusively to keep California a place of opportunity for everyone.

“Kevin de León has led our Senate with strength, intelligence, integrity, and compassion – and continues to do so. Our collective policy achievements under his leadership have made our state a better place to live, work, raise a family, and attend school, regardless of race, religion, gender, or background.

“Given our national divisions, California’s example is more important than ever – and I look forward to working with our President pro Tem and all of our colleagues to ensure that the Senate continues to rise together to meet the challenges faced by the great people we represent.”

In Solidarity,

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy
San Diego Democrats for Equality