BREAKING NEWS: Toni Atkins to Become Next Speaker of the California State Assembly

ToniToday, affordable housing and homelessness advocate Toni Atkins was selected to become the next Speaker of the California State Assembly.

Toni will be the first San Diegan and third woman to ever hold this leadership position.

In 2010 and 2012, Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins was elected to represent the 76th and 78th Assembly Districts, which include central and northern San Diego communities and areas along the U.S.-Mexico border. From 2009 to 2010, she worked at LeSar Development Consultants as a Senior Principal on issues of homelessness and affordable housing across the State of California. Between 2000 and 2008, Assemblymember Atkins represented San Diego City Council District 3. She also served as Acting Mayor of the San Diego City Council in 2005.

Throughout her career, Atkins has been a strong advocate for affordable housing and homelessness. In 2002, as member of the San Diego City Council, she led the City Council’s declaration of a Housing State of Emergency in San Diego—the first ever in the nation. As a result, San Diego enacted an inclusionary housing policy that generated $55 million in funding for the development of new affordable housing in San Diego.

Assemblymember Atkins is chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Homelessness and is focused on issues associated with economic development, health care, veterans, and is committed to addressing issues of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. She serves on the Housing and Community Development, Agriculture, Health, Veterans, and Joint Legislative Audit Committees.

We congratulate Toni Atkins on being selected as the next Speaker of the Assembly, and we wish her well in her new leadership role and admire her continued commitment to ending homelessness.

Toni 2

Toni 3Toni 4