SACRAMENTO – Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) took the oath of office shortly after noon on Monday to officially become a member of the California State Senate, representing the 36th District.
“I’m extremely honored to have been elected by the people of the 36th Senate District to represent them in the California State Senate,” Senator Bates said. “While today is a day of celebration, I’m ready to get to work for the people of my district and California in addressing the challenges to make this state a better place to live and work. I look forward to hitting the ground running.”
Senator Bates served as the first Mayor of Laguna Niguel in the 1990’s after her participation in the successful cityhood campaign. She served in the California State Assembly from 1998-2004 and in 2006 was elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors. As a County Supervisor, Bates helped reform the human resources division, negotiating with unions to save money, and instituted the Orange County Sheriff’s Department overtime policies that saved the county $25 million.
As an Assembly member, Bates was the founding Chair of the Republican Woman’s Caucus and she was appointed to the Little Hoover Commission. She made government reform recommendations as part of the California Performance Review Commission.
“While the State Legislature has made some positive strides forward in recent years, like stabilizing the state budget and putting a water bond on the ballot that was overwhelmingly approved by the voters in November, much work needs to be done. I look forward to working with all my Senate colleagues in removing the barriers that negatively impact the jobs atmosphere in this state. Much more also needs to be done to make state government more fiscally responsible and give more local control back to cities and counties.”