February 15, 2002

First Ever Latino Elected President of Fish & Game Commission

Sacramento — The California Fish and Game Commission elected Governor Gray Davis' Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Michael Flores, as its new president.

"Being part of the Department of Fish and Game Commission has been enormously fulfilling for me," Secretary Flores said. "The California outdoors meant a lot to me when I was a kid. I feel it is appropriate that now, as an adult, I am in a position to do what I can to protect and preserve our resources for generations to come."

As a member of the five-person Commission Secretary Flores pushed for more public access to Fish and Game Commission meetings. The Commission now meets on Saturdays so more members of the public can attend and give input on Fish and Game issues.

Secretary Flores was appointed to the Commission by Governor Gray Davis in April 2000.

An avid outdoorsman, one of Secretary Flores' goals is to get more inner city youth outdoors so that they may enjoy California's unique and pristine surroundings.

"Enjoying the outdoors kept me on the straight and narrow when I was a kid, it showed me how much life had to offer," Secretary Flores said. "So I know how important my role is on the Fish and Game Commission as its president."

As president of the Fish and Game Commission, Secretary Flores also will serve as a member of the Wildlife Conservation Board. The WCB is responsible for purchasing land for public access, and protecting endangered species.

Flores is the first Latino elected as president of the Commission.

Flores is a native of Sacramento and a graduate of California State University-Sacramento. Before getting involved in the political arena, Secretary Flores worked in state service for 16 years with the California Department of Corrections, the California Youth Authority and the Department of Justice, among other state agencies.

Secretary Flores served as Chief of Staff for then Lieutenant Governor Gray Davis. He was a member of the California World Trade Commission; the State Lands Commission; the State Job Training Coordinating Council, and the Governor's Emergency Council.

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