NEW BOOK: California Lawmaker 2021

From confrontations in the tense years before the Civil War to the recent work to help the state through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, California’s legislature and the people who have served in it have an amazing and rich history. Updated through the start of the legislature’s 94th session (2021-22 Regular Session), “California Lawmaker” is a comprehensive and thought-provoking resource for Capitol regulars, students of history, and anyone interested in what’s happening in Sacramento.

Women in Statewide Office

As an update to a post from 2018, which noted that three was the highest number of women statewide officials to serve concurrently… the confirmation of Shirley Weber as Secretary of State brings that number to four, which is the new record for California. As a recap, the previous highs were:

4 Women in Statewide Office (2021-Present) – 3 Women in Statewide Office (2019-2021) – Eleni Kounalakis, Shirley Weber, Betty T. Yee, and Fiona Ma

3 Women in Statewide Office (2019-2021) – Eleni Kounalakis, Betty T. Yee, and Fiona Ma

2 Women in Statewide Office (1988-1989) – March Fong Eu and Elizabeth Whitney

1 Woman in Statewide Office (1967-1975) – Ivy Baker Priest

Detangling the Senators Tyrrell

Sometimes, you run into elected officials with similar names

The two were State Senator John G. Tyrrell (a Republican elected to his one and only term in 1900) and State Senator John R. Tyrrell (a Republican elected to his one and only term in 1900). You see where this confusing?