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Today's Events: 01/23/2021

2021-22 Legislative Session

The Senate has adjourned until Monday, January 25, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Message from the Senate President pro Tempore

Photo of Senate President pro Tem Toni G. AtkinsWelcome to the website of the California State Senate. The Senate is actively working on critical legislation to improve California, address issues in our communities related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to meet the needs of all Californians. While we address the pressing issues our state is facing, we encourage you to participate and watch remotely, as we continue to flatten the curve of Coronavirus. Please continue to follow state and local public health guidelines to safeguard against the virus, and contact your Senator’s office with any issues or concerns. Thank you for helping us improve California for everyone who lives here.

Toni G. Atkins
                                        Senate President pro Tempore

Photos of the Week

  • The dome of the state Capitol in Sacramento is awash in golden light in honor of the lives lost to COVID-19. At the Presidential Inaugural Committee's invitation, cities and towns around the country were invited to illuminate buildings and ring church bells in a national moment of unity and remembrance. 

  • Senator Steven Bradford presents a resolution to honor the late civil rights icon Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and commemorate what would have been his 92nd birthday on January 15, 2021. King's birthday is a federal holiday in the United States and will be observed on Monday, January 18, 2021.

  • Senator Connie Leyva

  • Senate Majority Leader Robert Hertzberg

  • Senator Susan Eggman

  • Senate Minority Leader Shannon Grove

  • Senator Richard Pan speaks on behalf of the Asian-Pacific Island caucus in recognition of Dr. King's contributions to the civil rights movement.  

  • Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh reads the opening prayer as the Senate reconvenes for the 2021-2022 Legislative session

  • Senator Scott Wilk 

  • Senator Dave Cortese

  • Senators John Laird and Dave Min greet each other with an elbow bump before the start of session

  • Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins welcomes members back to the Senate for the start of the new year.  

  • Senators Jim Nielsen, Shannon Grove and Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh

  • Senator Scott Wiener

  • Senators Mike McGuire and Dave Min

  • Senators Bill Dodd and Bob Wieckowski

  • Senator Jim Nielsen

  • Senator Susan Eggman

  • Senators Anthony Portantino and Ben Allen

  • Senators Richard Pan, Nancy Skinner and John Laird

  • Senator María Elena Durazo

  • Senators Anna Caballero and Richard Roth

  • Senators Josh Becker and Susan Eggman

  • Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins convened the 2021-22 legislative session with a constitutionally-required organizational session that included the swearing-in of new and re-elected Senators, the election of Senate officers, and the opening of the Senate Desk for bill introductions.

  • Senate President pro Tempore Senator Toni G. Atkins

  • This year's organizational session was streamed online and modified to include several COVID-19 safety protocols, including health screenings, mandatory masks, physical distancing, and air filtration. 

  • In the abbreviated ceremony, 17 senators were sworn into office, including new and re-elected members; three others will be sworn in at a later time. In compliance with county health directives, family members and guests were not permitted on the Senate floor.

  • Justice Martin Jenkins administered the Oath of Office to the newly elected and re-elected Senators. Justice Jenkins was sworn in as  California Supreme Court Justice in December 2020.   

  • Senator Susan Eggman, Senate District 5 

  • Senator Josh Becker, Senate District 13

  • Senator Dave Cortese, Senate District 15

  • Senator John Laird, Senate District 17

  • Senator Monique Limón, Senate District 19

  • Senator Dave Min, Senate District 37

  • Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh, Senate District 23

  • Senator Connie Leyva presides during the last day of the 2019-2020 Senate session

  • Seats in the Senate Gallery are marked off to enforce social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

  • Senator Tom Berryhill served California's 8th Senate District from 2010-2018. He was a farmer and small business owner who also represented the 25th Assembly District (2006-2010) and most recently as the 4th District representative on the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors. Berryhill's father, Clare Berryhill served in the Senate in the 1970s, and his brother, Bill Berryhill served in the Assembly, alongside his brother, from 2008-2012

  • Senator Steven Bradford kneels during a moment of silence on the Senate floor

  • Senator Mike McGuire

  • Senate President pro Tempore, Toni Atkins

  • Senator Bob Archuleta

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