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Rendon elected Assembly speaker

SACRAMENTO — As expected, Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, D-South Gate, was elected Jan. 11 as the 70th Speaker of the Assembly.

He will take over the job March 7.

“I thank my colleagues for the confidence they have placed in me and for this immense privilege to serve,” Rendon said. “We as policymakers have a great deal of work ahead of us to meet the challenges Californians demand we address.”

He said his first priority will be overseeing negotiations on the state budget.

“Last week, the governor released his initial proposal for the budget,” Rendon said. “This document is the embodiment of our values and the values of the people of California. I look forward to representing the will of the house throughout the budget process.”

Outgoing Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, called Rendon “a thoughtful and effective leader.”

“Over the next two months we will continue the smooth transition process that we began last September,” Atkins said. “I know Speaker Rendon will move assertively right out of the gate, and will lead the Assembly through a successful and meaningful 2016 session.”

Rendon complimented Atkins during his remarks.

“One of the best aspects of Speaker Atkins’s leadership has been the manner in which she has empowered members and democratized the institution,” Rendon said. “This will also be my approach.”

“Congratulations to my friend Anthony Rendon on being elected the next speaker of the California State Assembly,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a news release. “Cities across our state have an ally in the Speaker-elect, who has led fights to improve openness and transparency in government, broaden economic opportunity and pursue environmental justice for our communities. His election is good news for Los Angeles, and I look forward to working with him to continue moving our city forward.”

Rendon is in his second term in the Assembly. His 63rd Assembly District includes Bell, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Lynwood, Paramount and South Gate.