Politics on Tap – Episode 82

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to join host John Howard and Adam Gottlieb on Capitol Weekly’s Politics on Tap. Adam brought a great collection of campaign ephemera, including some century-old items, and shared his love of political history. I was able to share some of the better stories that have come up through my research. I enjoyed having the opportunity to be a part of the show, and I think it comes across in the video.

Follow the link below to watch the episode.

Politics on Tap - Episode 82

Adam Gottlieb, John Howard, and a far-too-enthusiastic Alex Vassar

Watch: Politics on Tap – Episode 82

Perea Resignation Letter

Over the weekend, the Assembly Daily Journal for January 4th went online, which gave the public its first view of Assemblyman Henry T. Perea‘s month-old resignation letter.

  • The letter was addressed to the Assembly Speaker.
  • At 160 words, this is the longest resignation letter since Holly Mitchell resigned from the Assembly in 2013.
  • Perea used the term “bittersweet” in his letter, which Steve Knight also used in his resignation letter in January 2015.

December 3, 2015

The Honorable Toni G. Atkins
Speaker of the Assembly
State Capitol, Room 219
Sacramento, California

Dear Madame Speaker:
It has been the honor of my life to serve the people of my hometown and Fresno County. Over the past 13 years, I have worked tirelessly with our communities to improve the quality of life in Fresno. I hereby respectfully submit my resignation as State Assemblymember of the 31st Assembly District, my resignation is effective on December 31, 2015.
I worked hard every day to deliver on the most pressing issues facing our state. This is a bittersweet moment for me, as I announce my departure from the State Legislature to pursue other career opportunities. Thank you for your leadership in the Assembly and for your commitment to the State of California. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and look forward to continuing my advocacy for our community.
HENRY T. PEREA, Assembly Member
Thirty-first District

Perea to Resign December 31st


As was reported in the news yesterday, Assemblyman Henry T. Perea has announced that he will resign effective December 31st.

Some quick statistics about his service and resignation;

  • Perea will leave office after 265 weeks in office, ranking as California’s 3237th longest-serving legislator (just ahead of John Campbell at 264 weeks).
  • In past 5 decades, only 2 California state legislators have resigned at younger age than Perea; Michael Rubio in 2013 and (future Governor) Pete Wilson in 1971.
  • Since 2000, 11 people have left the California Legislature younger than Perea (who’s leaving at 38.5 yrs old).
  • Perea is the fourth California state legislator to resign in 2015, and the 20th since January 2010.