State Sen. Loni Hancock

STATE LEGISLATURE | The East Bay’s two state senators will be busy this session. State Sens. Loni Hancock and Bob Wieckowski will each chair a standing committee, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon announced Tuesday.

Hancock, who will be termed out in 2016, will retain the chair the Senate Public Safety Committee and sit on three additional commitees. They include the committees on Budget and Fiscal Review, Elections and Constitutional Amendments and Human Services. Hancock serves areas from Hercules to San Leandro.

The newly-elected Wieckowski moves up from the State Assembly and will chair the Environmental Quality Committee. During his time in the Assembly, one of Wieckowski’s signature issues was combating the encroachment of fracking in the state.

State Sen. Bob Wieckowski

“I am looking forward to chairing the Environmental Quality Committee because I believe clear and sensible oversight policies can lead to a cleaner environment and a stronger economy,” said Wieckowski.

The south county senator will also serves on standing committees that include, Business, Professions and Economic Development; Insurance, Transportation and Housing and the the Judiciary Committee.

In the lower house, the East Bay’s slate of assembly members also have their plates full. Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announced the assembly roster of committee last month.

Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta was named to seven committees, including two chairmanships. Freshman Richmond Assemblymember Tony Thurmond was also named to seven committees. Assemblymembers Bill Quirk and Republican Catharine Baker each snagged five committee seats.

Below are the list of each of their assignments:

Business and Professions
Higher Education
Privacy and Consumer Protection
Joint Legislative Audit

Budget sub-committee on health and human services
Health (chair)
Public Employee, Retirement and Social Security (chair)
Joint Legislative Budget
Joing Legislative Committee on Emergency Management Budget

Public Safety (chair)
Revenue and Taxation
Utilities and Commerce

Budget sub-committee on Health and Human Services (chair)
Budget sub-committee on Process Oversight and Program Evaluation
Human Services
Labor and Employment