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.

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. 

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