Senate president pro tem

First women honors in Calif

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California State Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) is now the Senate president pro tem, the first woman to lead the chamber.

State Senate leader Kevin de León said in a statement, “Four years ago, our Caucus elected the first Latino leader in over a century to lead the California State Senate — and Senator Atkins is now our first ever woman to be elected Senate leader.

“Given our national divisions, California’s example is more important than ever – and I look forward to working with our President pro Tem and all of our colleagues to ensure that the Senate continues to rise together to meet the challenges faced by the great people we represent,” Atkins said.