Perata taps Yee to leadership post

yee.jpgState Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, has appointed Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, as the assistant President Pro Tem; Yee will preside over Senate floor proceedings as needed, and serve on the Democratic Caucus leadership team for the 2007-08 legislative session.

Said Perata: “Senator Yee has a strong track record in fighting for mental health services, working families, children, civil rights and the environment. I am glad to welcome Senator Yee to our leadership team as we work to build on last year’s accomplishments and continue tackling California’s most pressing problems.”

Yee, elected to the Senate in November after four years in the Assembly, is California’s first Chinese-American state Senator. He said he’s honored by the appointment: “I look forward to serving in this new capacity and working with him to help protect our children, hold polluters accountable, expand access to healthcare and affordable prescription drugs, and bring more jobs to California.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.