Toni Atkins to remain Assembly speaker

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SAN DIEGO — Toni Atkins, the first San Diegan to be speaker of the Assembly, will likely remain in the position for the next two years following a unanimous vote Thursday by her Democratic colleagues.

The official vote for Atkins to remain in her leadership post will come Dec. 1, when the Assembly convenes for its next legislative session.

“I am honored that my colleagues in the Assembly Democratic Caucus have put their faith in me to continue serving as speaker of the Assembly,” Atkins said. “It is especially nice to have support from both the colleagues I have worked closely with and from new members elected on Tuesday who are already eager to start serving the people of their districts.”

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, was among four members who nominated Atkins.

Atkins succeeded outgoing Assemblyman John Perez, D-Los Angeles, in May after he launched an unsuccessful bid for state controller. She was elected to the Assembly in 2010, following eight years on the San Diego City Council.

The speaker is charged with the overall management and supervision of the Assembly; appoints members to committees and subcommittees; locates funds, staffing and other resources for operations; and establishes committee schedules.

The speaker is also responsible for making or recommending appointments to state panels, and serves on the University of California Board of Regents and the California State University Board of Trustees.

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