SACRAMENTO–Speaker of the Assembly Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) Tuesday appointed Assemblymember Paul Krekorian (D-Burbank) to serve as the Assistant Majority Floor Leader of the State Assembly. The post is the third-ranking leadership position in the Assembly after the Speaker herself.
“In his first term in office, Paul Krekorian quickly proved himself to be an especially effective legislator and a strong leader among the members of the Assembly,” said Speaker Bass. “As the Assistant Majority Leader, he will play a key role in all major policy initiatives and in our resolution of the state’s budget challenges, and he will continue to be a trusted and highly valued advisor to me.”
Krekorian, together with Majority Leader Alberto Torrico, will be the Speaker’s principal representatives on the Assembly Floor. As Assistant Majority Floor Leader, Krekorian will help to lead all floor debates in the Assembly on behalf of the Democratic Caucus, and he will provide policy and political guidance to the Speaker. Krekorian’s responsibilities will also include expediting the Assembly’s proceedings through the parliamentary process and promoting harmony among the Assembly’s 80 members.
“Our state is facing enormous challenges, and how we respond to those challenges will affect the course of history,” said Krekorian. “I believe that our challenges create opportunity, and I am eager to assist the Speaker in shaping the Assembly’s legislative agenda and developing a reasoned response to California’s economic and fiscal crisis. I’m proud that she has entrusted me to serve in her top leadership team during these turbulent times.”
The announcement comes on the heels of several other recent appointmen’s for Assemblymember Krekorian. The Speaker also announced that Krekorian will serve as the first Chairperson of the newly-created Select Committee on Renewable Energy, through which Krekorian will continue to lead the Assembly’s effort to meet at least 33% of California’s electricity needs from renewable resources like solar and wind. Krekorian is also replacing the Speaker as a member of the California Film Commission.
Assemblymember Paul Krekorian (D-Burbank) represents the 43rd Assembly District, including the cities of Burbank and Glendale, and the Los Angeles communities of Atwater Village, Los Feliz, North Hollywood, Silver Lake, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Valley Village and Van Nuys.