Runner and Smyth will head their respective Republican caucuses.
Just hours after being sworn in for another term, two state
politicians representing Santa Clarita have nabbed top assignments.
Assemblyman Cameron Smyth and Senator George Runner have
both been named as the chair of the Republican Caucuses in their legislative
Smyth got the nod for the Assembly Republican Caucus by
Republican Leader Mike Villines.
“Since he arrived in Sacramento
two years ago, Cameron Smyth has been a strong leader for Assembly Republicans
and an effective representative for his constituents,” Villines said.
“With a proven track record of successful conservative leadership, he
natural choice to become the new Republican Caucus Chairman. I look
forward to working closely with Cameron as we lead a united Republican party in
protecting Californians from higher taxes and reckless spending.
The Republican Caucus Chair is the second-highest ranking
Republican in the State Assembly. The role serves as an important part of
the Republican leadership team, as the Caucus Chair assists the Assembly Leader
in advancing the Republican policy agenda, and achieving the Caucus’ political
goals. Additionally, the Caucus Chair regularly communicates with
Republican leaders throughout California
on legislative issues and party matters.
“I am honored to have been chosen by Republican Leader
Villines to serve as the new Republican Caucus Chairman, and will work very
hard to uphold the confidence that has been shown in me,” said Smyth. “I
know that there are many difficult challenges facing our state and our party in
the months ahead. I stand ready to lead alongside my Assembly Republican
colleagues as we fight to stop costly tax increases, repair our broken budget
system, put jobs first, and build a stronger California.”
Just down the hall in the State Senate, George Runner was
once again tapped to lead the Senate’s Republican Caucus. He had previously
served as Caucus chair, which operates in the same manner as the position in