Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement in response to the news today of Marian Bergeson’s passing. Bergeson was the first woman to serve in both the California State Assembly and Senate and was one of Orange County’s most prominent public servants.
“California has lost a trailblazing political icon in Marian Bergeson who exemplified the very best in public service. Few people have influenced Orange County and California politics more effectively than Marian did. She was a strong champion of education and transportation and worked well with others – including those who disagreed with her. Her warm personality won her the admiration of many and will forever live in the hearts of those who knew her.
“I am blessed to have known Marian as a friend, as she was instrumental in helping me and many other Orange County women in running for public office. One of my happiest memories was Marian swearing me in as an Orange County Supervisor in 2007. My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.”