February 9, 2001

Assemblyman Firebaugh Elected Chair-Elect of Latino Legislative Caucus

Sacramento — Assemblyman Marco Antonio Firebaugh (D-Cudahy) was unanimously elected Chair-Elect of the California Latino Legislative Caucus last night. Senator Richard Polanco was re-elected as Chair and will remain in his current capacity until July 1, 2001, or upon his resignation.

"I am humbled and honored to be part of such a dynamic group of legislators," Firebaugh said. "I look forward to working with our members and the entire Legislature to implement policy initiatives that are good for America and benefit all Californians."

Elections were also held to fill the newly created leadership positions in the Caucus.

"As we continue to grow and prosper, it is essential that we have members in leadership positions in our Caucus that reflect the geographic and gender make up of California," Firebaugh said.

The new Latino Caucus Leadership team is comprised of the following legislators:

Chair-Elect: Marco Antonio Firebaugh, 50th Assembly District.

Northern Vice Chair: Man-ny Diaz, 23rd Assembly District.

Southern Vice Chair: Jenny Oropeza, 55th Assembly District.

Northern Whip: Deborah Ortiz, 6th Senatorial District.

Southern Whip: Juan Vargas, 79th Assembly District.

Policy Committee Chair (Appointed Position): Simon Salinas, 28th Assembly District.

The Latino Legislative Caucus was officially formed in 1973 and originally consisted of five Assemblymembers. Over the years, the Caucus has experienced tremendous growth, reaching an all time high of 23 members after the November 2000 election, including 7 Senators and 16 Assemblymembers.

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