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Officers of the California State Senate
Officers of the California State Assembly

Officers of the Senate

President of the Senate, Lieutenant Governor, Gavin Newsom
Under the State Constitution, the Lieutenant Governor serves as the President of the Senate. However, by law and custom the role of the President is extremely limited. He or she may be invited periodically to preside on ceremonial occasions, such as the opening of the Session. However, the only time the Lieutenant Governor is actually entitled to participate in the business of the Senate is in the case of a tie vote, when he or she casts the vote breaking the tie.

President pro Tempore, Darrell Steinberg (D)
The President pro Tempore, who also serves as the Chair of the Rule Committee, is the actual leader of the Senate. He or she is elected by the Members at the beginning of each Session. The "Pro Tem" is the presiding office on the Floor, overseeing the appointment of committee members, assignment of bills, progress of legislation through the house, confirmation of gubernatorial appointees, and overall direction of policy. He or she is also the political leader of the majority party.

Assistant President pro Tempore, Vacant

Majority Leader, Senator Ellen M. Corbett (D)
The Majority Leader is chosen by the Majority Caucus, and serves as the main Floor manager for the President pro Tempore and Majority Party. He or she also is the chief assistant in political matters and strategy.

Minority Leader, Senator Bob Huff (R)
The Minority Leader (also known as the "Republican Leader") is the second-most powerful position in the Senate. Elected by members of the Minority Caucus, he or she speaks for the Minority Party, maintains its inner discipline, and works with the President pro Tempore to set the Senate's order of business.

Majority Whip, Vacant
Whips are essentially assistants to the political leadership of each party in the Senate. They are elected by their respective caucuses, and help count potential votes on matters which present particular party concerns.

Minority Whip, Vacant
Whips are essentially assistants to the political leadership of each party in the Senate. They are elected by their respective caucuses, and help count potential votes on matters which present particular party concerns.

Democratic Caucus Chair, Senator Jerry Hill (D)
Caucus chairs are elected by their respective parties. They convene caucus meetings, provide political advice to their leadership, and manage staff assisting Members in providing constituent services and communications with the public.

Republican Caucus Chair, Ted Gaines (R)
Caucus chairs are elected by their respective parties. They convene caucus meetings, provide political advice to their leadership, and manage staff assisting Members in providing constituent services and communications with the public.

Secretary of the Senate, Gregory Schmidt
The Secretary of the Senate is one of the three officers of the Senate who are elected by the total Membership, the other two officers being the President pro Tempore and the Chief Sergeant-at-Arms. He or she is the chief parliamentarian and keeper of the legislative records. The Secretary of the Senate is responsible for the accurate drafting of bills and the presentation of bills to the Governor. He or she is also the Executive Officer of the Senate, in charge of the day-to-day administration of the budgeting, personnel, accounting, purchases, contracting and property management.

Chief Sergeant-at-Arms, Tony Beard, Jr.
The Chief Sergeant-at-Arms, elected by the total Membership of the Senate, is responsible for order on the Senate Floor, and in committees and meetings. He or she is essentially the "chief" of the Senate's internal policing agency. The Chief Sergeant-at-Arms works closely with the California Highway Patrol and the Assembly Sergeants to maintain the security of the Capitol and Senate offices statewide. The Chief Sergeant also oversees various service officers within the house.

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Assembly Officers

Speaker, Assembly Member John A. Pérez
The highest ranking officer of the Assembly; usually elected by the Assembly Members at the beginning of each two-year legislative session. The Speaker or his or her designee presides over Floor Session. The Speaker's powers and duties are established by the Assembly Rules.

Speaker pro Tempore, Assembly Member Nora Campos
An officer appointed by the Speaker that presides over Floor Sessions in the absence of the Speaker.

Majority Floor Leader, Assembly Member Toni Atkins
Elected by the majority party caucus. Represents the Speaker on the Floor, expedites Assembly Floor proceedings through parliamentary procedures such as motions and points of order and promotes harmony among the membership.

Assistant Majority Floor Leader, Assembly Member V. Manuel Pérez

Majority Whip, Assembly Member Chris R. Holden

Assistant Majority Whip, Jimmy Gomez

Democratic Caucus Chair, Philip Y. Ting

Minority Floor Leader, Assembly Member Connie Conway
Elected by the caucus having the second largest House membership. Generally responsible for making motions, points of order and representing the minority caucus on the Floor.

Chief Clerk, E. Dotson Wilson
A nonpartisan, nonmember officer of the Assembly elected by the majority of the membership at the start of each two-year session as its legislative officer and parliamentarian.

Chief Sergeant-at-Arms, Ronald E. Pane
Staff responsible for maintaining order and providing security for legislators. The Chief Sergeant-at-Arms in each House is elected by a majority of the Members of that House at the beginning of every legislative session.

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