Assemblymember Rob Bonta addressing the Alameda
City Council last December. PHOTO/Zac Goldstein

East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s rise to the leadership of the state party continued with his appointment as assistant majority leader. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon unveiled leadership positions and appointments to various committee chairs just before the New Year, including Bonta and a post for each member of the East Bay Democratic Assembly caucus.

“As a member of the leadership team, I will be working closely with the Speaker to move California forward and protect our values and our communities in the face of the Trump Administration. Now more than ever, California must stand as a beacon of hope and show our country a different path forward,” said Bonta, who will report to Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier).

Bonta’s elevation to the Assembly Democratic inner circle had been apparent last year despite a bid by Bonta for the speaker position eventually won by Rendon last spring.

Other appointments include Richmond Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, who received the chairmanship of the Labor and Employment Committee, and South Bay Assemblymember Kansen Chu was appointed chair of the Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media Committee. In addition, freshman Concord Assemblymember Tim Grayson was given a seat on the Assembly Rules Committee.

Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk, a retired nuclear physicist, was appointed to the Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee. “The bills I will review as chair will be vast and technical, but will also have a direct impact on the health and safety of Californians,” said Quirk. “I look forward to applying my scientific background towards resolving the critical issues that will come before me in this committee.”