Corbett Named Senate Majority Leader

State Sen. Ellen Corbett is named Senate Majority Leader by the Democratic leadership

By Steven Tavares

Sen. Ellen Corbett is now the second-most powerful lawmaker in the California State Senate.

Monday, President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) elevated the San Leandro legislator to majority leader. Corbett replaces the termed-out Dean Florez.

The move shifts power in Sacramento ever so slightly to Northern California and specifically to the East Bay. Corbett’s promotion to majority leader is the highest a San Leandro-based politician has risen in state politics since Bill Lockyer began his run of accomplishments as Senate pro tem from 1994-98 and all the way to attorney general. Lockyer was re-elected state treasurer last month.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle,” Corbett said. “I want to thank Sen. Steinberg for his trust in me and I look forward to serving with him.”

Steinberg also named Sen. Kevin DeLeon (D-Los Angeles) to lead the Democratic Caucus. He replaces Sen. Jenny Oropeza, who recently passed away.

Corbett’s duties will include running the senate floor operations and setting the Democratic agenda.

Earlier in the day, Corbett, while surrounded by family, was sworn-in for a second term representing the 10th District after her decisive Nov. 2 victory.

“It is an honor to serve my constituents for another four years in the State Senate,” Corbett said. “I talk to people every day in grocery stores and on soccer fields, and I know that they simply want Sacramento to work for them. I will continue to work hard every day to make sure those of us in Sacramento listen to the people we are here to represent.”