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The California State Assembly announced Nov. 10 the Assembly Democratic Caucus voted unanimously to elect Assemblymember Robert Rivas as the 71st Speaker of the California State Assembly. Rivas is now the Speaker-Designee and will assume the role of the Speaker’s office on June 30, 2023.
Following the vote Assemblymember Rivas said, “I am honored that my Democratic colleagues have instilled their trust in me to lead the Assembly. I would like to thank Speaker Rendon and my colleagues, and I am humbled by this opportunity. As the grandson of immigrant farmworkers, I hope to ensure the door of opportunity that was available to my family remains open for future generations. I look forward to working with Speaker Rendon to ensure this is a seamless and productive transition. The 40 million California residents we represent deserve nothing less.”
In May of this year, Rivas’ office sent out a news release stating he had gained enough support to become the next Assembly speaker but retracted hours later in a joint statement with current speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) saying Rivas agreed Rendon should remain speaker “for at lest the rest of this legislative session.”
Rivas was elected to the 30th Assembly District in 2018. He currently holds a lead over Stephanie Castro (R) in his re-election bid with 63.5% of the votes as of Nov. 10 at 9:07 a.m.