Statement on the Inauguration of Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins

For immediate release:

SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) today released the following statement on the inauguration of Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) as President pro Tempore of the California State Senate:

“Today Toni Atkins made history as the first woman and first LGBT person to serve as President pro Tempore of the California State Senate. Senator Atkins has spent not just her career, but her life, fighting odds that were stacked against her time and time again. Today, she marks yet another first in a career full of firsts. As a friend, I am extremely proud of her. As the Chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, I speak on behalf of our entire caucus in saying that we cannot wait to see all that she does to improve the lives of all those in our state who, like her, have lived their lives with the odds stacked against them.”