In front of a Senate chamber humming with friends, family members and a handful of fellow lawmakers, former Assemblywoman Holly J. Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, took the oath of office Thursday afternoon to represent the 26th Senate District, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, lavished praise on the newest Democratic senator. “She has demonstrated over her years in the Legislature on the green carpet a tenacity, a purpose and a willingness to fight for the least among us,” Steinberg said, alluding to the green decorating the Assembly chambers. (The Senate’s is red.)
For her part, Mitchell fought back emotion as she vowed to focus on working families and noted that her presence in the Senate marks a milestone.
“I will be the first black woman (to serve in the Senate) in over 10 years,” Mitchell said, “and I am going to wear that badge with honor.”
Democrats now control 28 seats in the Senate, one more than they need for the two-thirds majority that allows them to raise taxes, pass urgency measures or put constitutional amendments on the ballot without Republican assent.
Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) Dean C. Logan announced final official results for the Sept. 17, 2013 Special Primary Elections.
A total of 24,483 ballots were processed and counted for Assembly District 45, with 5.64% of eligible registered voters casting ballots. A total of 24,999 ballots were processed and counted for the old Senate District 26, with 9.98% of eligible registered voters casting ballots.
The Official Election Canvass period began on Sept. 18 and ended on Sept. 27. During the Official Canvass, all outstanding provisional and Vote by Mail ballots were verified and tallied. The RR/CC also conducted a 1% Manual Audit.
The results were certified to the California Secretary of State today. On Oct. 1, the Board of Supervisors is tentatively scheduled to declare the election results official.