State 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.”