SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement on the passing of former State Assemblyman and Senator Sam Aanestad:
“Senator Sam Aanestad was a great Californian who will be sorely missed by his friends, family and those he served. He was a distinguished oral surgeon and a dedicated public servant having served on the Grass Valley School District Board of Trustees before being elected to the State Assembly and later the State Senate.
“I had the honor and privilege of serving in the State Assembly with Sam. He was a fighter for his North State constituents with a focus on rural health care and the protection of Northern California water rights. All Californians benefited from his efforts to protect taxpayers during his time in the legislature.
“My thoughts are with Senator Aanestad’s wife Susan, his children, grandchildren and friends,” said Leader Bates.