The Asian and Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus has a new chair: Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland). His chairmanship is effective July 1, 2016.
Bonta made history in 2012 when he was elected the first Filipino American to the California State Legislature in the state’s 165-year history. His selection as API Caucus Chair is another historic first.
“Thank you to my good friend and outgoing Chair, Assemblymember Das Williams, whose strong and effective leadership over the past two years sharpened the Caucus’ vision, reinvigorated our work, and set all of us on a strong path toward improving the lives of Asian Pacific Islanders throughout California,” said Bonta.
“I am humbled and honored to serve with such an amazing group of talented and dedicated legislators in the API Caucus. I look forward to working together to further empower and uplift the API community in California and beyond.”
During its thirteen year history, the Caucus has worked to fulfill its mission of representing and advocating for the diverse interests of the APIA communities throughout the state. Other Caucus activities have included: serving as a resource to the community and assisting with advocacy efforts, convening the annual API Policy Summit, holding joint briefings and hearings with other ethnic Caucuses and community groups on issues of common interest, and supporting the activities of the Commission on Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs.
Assemblymember Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro. Bonta Chairs the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security Committee and the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color in California.