Assemblymember Rob Bonta retained his position as assistant majority leader, while East Bay newcomer, Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan was named assistant speaker pro tempore, Speaker Anthony Rendon announced Thursday.bd979-bonta2brob2bofc2bheadshot

While Bonta and Bauer-Kahan received important leadership positions, the list of committee assignments features just two relatively low-level chairpersonships for East Bay assemblymembers.

Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk was named chair of the Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee and Fremont/South Bay Assemblymember Kansen Chu will helm the Arts, Entertainment, Sports and Internet Media Committee.

In addition to assistant majority leader, Bonta was reassigned to Appropriations, Communication and Conveyance, Government Organization, and Health committees.

Bauer-Kahan (pictured below) upset Republican Catharine Baker in the 16th Assembly District last November. She will serve on the Banking and Finance Committee, along with the Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee.

Bauer Kahan Rebecca

Buffy Wicks, another newcomer to the East Bay assembly caucus, received six assignments for her first term, including several high-profile committees. Wicks will sit on the Budget, Rules, and Public Safety Committees, in addition, to Banking and Finance, Privacy and Consumer Protections, and Budget Subcommittee on State Administration.

Quirk will also serve on the Appropriations Committee, along with Public Safety; Revenue and Taxation; and Utilities and Energy Committees. Chu was assigned committee seats on Revenue and Taxation, and Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committees.