SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates, of Laguna Niguel, released the following statement after Senate Democrats chose Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) to serve as their next leader, and thus the next Senate President pro Tempore:
“For someone who has achieved historic milestones over her career, I know this one is particularly special. Congratulations to Senator Toni Atkins on becoming the first female Senate President pro Tempore-designate. She is a formidable political force who will usher in an era where the leaders of both Senate party caucuses are women.
“I look forward to working with Toni in her new role. We have worked well together on priorities important to our region such as better care for military veterans. I offer my hand of cooperation to her on issues important to everyone such as safer neighborhoods, better schools and a more affordable California.
“I also hope we can continue to work together to substantially address the issues raised by reports concerning inappropriate behavior. There is no place for harassment in the workplace, including the Legislature.
“Finally, I offer my best wishes to Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León as he prepares to transition to a new chapter of his life. I recognize the service he has given to the Senate as its leader and to the people of California.”