Rendon Appoints Elk Grove's Cooper to Key California Assembly Leadership Postion

March 10, 2016 |

Although he has yet to finish his first two-year term in the California State Assembly, Democratic Assemblymember Jim Cooper of Elk Grove was appointed to a top leadership position today.

Cooper, who served for 12 years on the Elk Grove City Council, was appointed by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to serve as Assistant Majority Floor Leader as part of the Speaker’s new leadership team. Rendon, a second term Assemblymember representing the 63rd district, was sworn-in as Speaker of the Assembly on Monday. 

Rendon's leadership team includes the following:

  • Speaker pro Tempore – Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco)
  • Assistant Speaker pro Tempore – Assemblymember Autumn R. Burke (D-Inglewood)
  • Majority Floor Leader – Assemblymember Ian C. Calderon (D-Whittier)
  • Assistant Majority Floor Leader – Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove)
  • Majority Whip – Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles)
  • Democratic Whip – Assemblymember Nora Campos (D-San Jose)
  • Assistant Majority Whip – Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley)
  • Democratic Caucus Chair – Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson)

Rendon and Cooper were both elected to the Assembly under new laws which lengthened Assembly term limits from six to 12 years. In his second term, Rendon could hold the Speaker position for over eight years and has the possibility of wielding considerable influence over the state's legislative agenda.   

In his new position, Cooper will be the fourth highest ranking member of the majority leadership team. In this position, Cooper will work with the Majority Floor Leader and the speaker to ensure procedural motions are followed and will be working directly with Rendon on votes. 
“I am honored to be chosen to serve as Assistant Majority Floor Leader during a new era in the State Assembly," Cooper said. "I look forward to continuing to work with Speaker Rendon and our members to make California a better place to live, work, and raise a family.”

Cooper is seeking reelection to the 9th District Assembly seat this November representing Elk Grove, Galt, Lodi and portions of Sacramento. He currently has no announced opposition.  

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