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California needs effective leadership to build a strong and prosperous future. Toni Atkins is a trailblazer who delivers results. Just this year, she was elected President Pro Tempore of the California Senate, making her the first woman and the first openly gay person to lead the state senate. She was also San Diego’s first ever Speaker of the State Assembly. Together, these positions mean she will have served as the leader of both chambers in Sacramento. She’s been a pioneer in the fight for housing, veterans, the environment, women’s health, and LGBT rights. Toni Atkins has balanced budgets while investing in California’s future – and fought hard for working families.

Full BiographyOn the Issues

Prioritizing Our Students and Higher Education

Toni Atkins fought to restore millions in critical education funding lost during the recession and to increase access to higher education for all Californians. Toni was named Legislator of the Year by the California State ...

A Champion for Equality

Toni Atkins is our state’s first ever openly gay woman Speaker of the State Assembly. She is a champion for equality and LGBT rights and has fought to:

  • Allow transgender Californians official ...
Campaign News

Toni Atkins Wins Majority of Votes in State Senate Race

Assemblywoman Toni Atkins‘s big vote margin on Tuesday sets her up to serve next the state Senate.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Atkins, a Democrat, was receiving 66 percent of the vote in the 39th Senate District. Republican John Renison trailed her with just 18 percent of the vote. They’ll head to a runoff in November.

Atkins said she plans to focus on making housing more affordable if she joins the state Senate.

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Governor signs bill giving San Diego County more flexibility in Health and Human Services

Gov. Jerry Brown Thursday signed AB 2568, a bill authored by Assembly Speaker Emeritus Toni G. Atkins that authorizes the County of San Diego to be designated as an integrated Health and Human Services Agency.

San Diego County has been running an integrated agency overseeing all health and human-services departments since 1998. It has worked well for county residents who require services such as those dealing with aging and independence, behavioral-health, child-welfare, public-health and self-sufficiency programs.

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