Campos Appointed Speaker Pro Tempore

Nora Campos took a considerable step up in stature Wednesday when State Assembly Speaker John Pérez (D-Los Angeles) unveiled his list of new appointments for leadership and committee chair positions. Campos (D-San Jose), who just completed her freshman term in the Assembly after serving two terms on the San Jose City Council, was appointed speaker pro tempore. She will serve as assistant speaker pro tempore from Aug. 10 through Sept. 1, before inheriting Fiona Ma’s position and dropping the “assistant” title.

“I’m pleased to announce the members of our talented new leadership team and new committee chair assignments,” Pérez said in a news release. “This group represents a diverse cross-section of California and offers an incredible amount of knowledge and expertise on the important issues impacting our state.”

Campos, who will now stand in for Speaker Pérez if he is unavailable, was also appointed Wednesday to the position of vice chair of the Assembly Local Government Committee, which could be seen as a step up after chairing the Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media Committee.

Campos’ Sacramento office would not comment on her selection for speaker pro tempore and referred calls to Silicon Valley political consultant Rolando Bonilla. A message with Bonilla has yet to be returned.

Here is the full list of new Assembly leadership positions and committee chairs:

Speaker pro Tempore — Hon. Nora Campos (D-San Jose)***
Assistant Speaker pro Tempore — Hon. Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco)
Majority Floor Leader — Hon. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego)
Assistant Majority Floor Leader — Hon. Michael Allen (D-Santa Rosa)
Majority Whip — Hon. Roger Hernández (D-West Covina)
Asst. Majority Whip — Hon. Chuck Calderon (D-Whittier)
(*** From August 10 – September 1, Assemblymember Nora Campos will serve as Assistant Speaker pro Tempore.)

The following members will retain their current Leadership positions:
Majority Policy Leader — Hon. Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles)
Asst. Majority Policy Leader — Hon. Wilmer Amina Carter (D-Rialto)
Democratic Caucus Chair — Hon. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo)
Rules Committee Chair — Hon. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley)

The following committee chair appointments will take effect on August 10th:
Assemblymember Marty Block (D-San Diego) will Chair the Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review Committee.
Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) will Chair the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
Assemblymember Mike Davis (D-Los Angeles) will Chair the Assembly Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media Committee.
Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) will Chair the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee.
Assemblymember Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) will Chair the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources and Transportation.
Assemblymember Bill Monning (D-Carmel) will Chair the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration.
Assemblymember Rich Gordon (D-Redwood City) will Chair the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee.
Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) will Chair the Assembly Education Committee.
Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) will Chair the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee.
Assemblymember Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) will Chair the Assembly Health Committee.
Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) will Chair the Assembly Higher Education Committee.
Assemblymember Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) will be Vice Chair of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee.
Assemblymember Henry Perea (D-Fresno) will Chair the Assembly Insurance Committee.
Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will Chair the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
Assemblymember Nora Campos (D-San Jose) will be Vice Chair of the Assembly Local Government Committee.
Assemblymember Michael Allen (D-Santa Rosa) will Chair the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee.
Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes (D-Sylmar) will Chair the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee.
Assemblymember Bob Hueso (D-San Diego) will Chair the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee.
Assemblymember Jose Solorio (D-Anaheim) will be Co-Chair of the Assembly Legislative Ethics Committee.

UPDATE: Campos’ office released the following statement Thursday evening: “I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as Speaker Pro Tem and look forward to working hard to overcome the challenges that lie just ahead for the state of California, from needed pension reform to protecting critical funding for California’s public schools.”

Josh Koehn is a former managing editor for San Jose Inside and Metro Silicon Valley.

8 Comments

  1. Hope she does well. She a great asset in the Assembly. By the way, political season is starting and it’s time to focus on the November election. Obama is definitely a shoe in so we should focus on the other issues that are important. To wit, prop 32. Vote NO on proposition 32. This proposition is designed to increase the influence of big money such as the Koch brothers and Wall Street hedge fund managers and hurt working families. This proposition was written and supported by the Republican party in California. Vote NO on prop 32.

  2. Ms. Campos says, “…and look forward to working hard to overcome the challenges that lie just ahead for the state of California, from needed pension reform to protecting critical funding for California’s public schools.”

    I’ve been hearing this radio ad on the state tax measures:

    http://www.hjta.org/hot-topic/hjta-launches-new-radio-ad-campaign

    Ms. Campos had better give pension reform more than lip service, or Brown’s tax proposal will fail.

    Democrats can continue to get reelected by pretending to be serious about pension reform.  The problem is that they won’t get any tax proposals passed unless they get serious about real reform.

  3. Oh my gosh, the state of political affairs in California has hit dead bottom.  If Nora ever had a thought, it would die of loneliness!