Assemblymember Chris Holden Applauds Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins

Monday, May 12, 2014

“Congratulations to Toni G. Atkins, Madame Speaker, as she is sworn in as the 69th Speaker of the California State Assembly. 

Speaker Atkins has proven to be a true leader and as proof of that, Assemblymembers on both sides of the aisle joined in voting for her.

I had the privilege of nominating her in March when colleagues praised her commitment to helping the homeless, supporting veterans issues and making affordable housing a top priority.

Her humble beginnings growing up in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia prepared her to appreciate the needs of the less fortunate and to give them a voice in the halls of power.

Atkins election marks a number of “firsts”:  she’s the first lawmaker from San Diego to hold the post, the first lesbian and the third woman.

I look forward to working with Speaker Atkins in the weeks and months ahead as she tackles some of the major issues facing California:  the water crisis, tackling the budget and growing California’s economy.”