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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS


A Look at the Incoming Members of the California Legislature


By Felipe Fuentes, AGC Legislative Advocate T


he November general election


ushered in many new faces, and some already known, to the State Capitol community. While Democrats were not at risk of losing their supermajority in either house, they did lose one seat in the Assembly. Te Assembly is represented by 60 Democrats, 19 Republicans and 1 No Party Preference (Assemblymember Chad Mayes). In the Senate, Democrats represent 31 of the 40 seats.


Below is a partial list and


description of some of the incoming members.


SENATE Senate District 5 – Longtime


industry ally and moderate Democrat Cathleen Galgiani termed out of the Legislature and is being replaced by Assemblymember Susan Eggman. Representing western San Joaquin county, Eggman is a former Stockton City Council member and licensed


social worker. Senate District 13 – Representing


San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, Democrat Josh Becker is set to replace Jerry Hill. Founder of many Silicon Valley endeavors, including a venture capital investment firm, Becker currently serves on the California


Workforce Development Board. Senate District 15 – Longtime


industry champion and author of SB 1, Senator Jim Beall is being replaced by San Jose County Supervisor Dave Cortese. Cortese has a long history of advocating for infrastructure and transportation public works projects. www.AGC-CA.org


Senate District 17 – Former


Assembly state budget committee chairman and Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird will represent


the counties of the Central Coast. Senate District 19 – Assembly-


member Monique Limón replaces termed out Senator Hannah Beth- Jackson. Representing Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, Democrat Limón previously chaired the Banking


and Finance Committee. Senate District 29 – Democrat Josh


Newman, having been recalled from the Senate in 2018, has reclaimed the seat. In doing so, he again bested Republican Senator Ling Ling Chang


in this politically tumultuous district. Senate District 37 – Senator


John Moorlach has lost his Orange County senate district to Democratic challenger Dave Min. Min worked as an enforcement attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission and currently teaches law at the UC Irvine School of Law.


ASSEMBLY Assembly District 13 – A Stockton


native, Carlos Villapudua served on the San Joaquin County Board of Super- visors from 2008-2016. Villapudua is expected to be a moderate Democratic caucus member given his prior role as CEO of the San Joaquin County


Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Assembly District 25 – Repre-


senting the Silicon Valley, Democrat Alex Lee will be the youngest member of the Assembly at 25 years of age. He interned for various elected officials


after graduating from UC Davis. Assembly District 33 – With Jay


Obernolte leaving to successfully win his run for Congress, this High Desert district will be represented by Turston “Smitty” Smith. A Republican and small business owner, Smitty has served his Hesperia community on the


City Council as an advocate for trans-


portation and infrastructure projects. Assembly District 38 – In a surprise


twist of events, this previously held Democratic seat will go to Republican Suzette Valladares. Vacated by a failed congressional run by Assemblymember Christy Smith, this district contest was


decided between two Republicans. Assembly District 57 – Despite


Assemblymember Ian Calderon’s decision to not seek reelection, this seat will stay in the Calderon family with the election of Democrat Lisa Calderon, stepmother to Ian Calderon, who is married to former Assembly-


member Charles Calderon. Assembly District 67 – Previously


held by now Senator Melissa Melendez, the seat will be taken by Republican Kelly Seyarto. A retired Los Angeles County Fire Department Battalion Chief, Seyarto has also served on his


hometown City Council in Murrieta. Assembly District 72 – With the


surprising loss of Republican first-term Assemblymember Tyler Diep in the March primary election, the district will be represented by former Repub- lican State Senator Janet Nguyen. Nguyen served on the Orange County


Board of Supervisors. Assembly District 73 – With


Republican Assemblymember Bill Brough’s loss in the March primary, the district will remain in Repub- lican hands. Assemblymember elect Laurie Davies is an entrepreneur, small business owner and member of the


Laguna Niguel City Council. Assembly District 78 – With


Assemblymember Todd Gloria’s election as Mayor of San Diego, this San Diego area assembly district will be represented by Democrat and current San Diego City Council member Chris Ward. 


Associated General Contractors of California 5


DEPARTMENTS


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