South Valley State Senators learn their committee placements for the 2019-2020 session


CENTRAL VALLEY – With the seating of the new state legislature, representatives for Tulare County have been named to Senate committees.

In her first weeks in office, state Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) has been assigned as Chair of the Human Services Committee for the 2019 – 2020 Legislative session. Hurtado beat out incumbent Andy Vidak in November for the 14th State Senate District. The district encompasses Farmersville, Lindsay and Porterville as well rural areas including Earlimart and Pixley.

As an advocate in the Central Valley for growing opportunities in upward mobility, Hurtado will guide the committee on issues including child welfare services, CalWorks, developmental disability services and more.

She was also appointed to Health, Veterans Affairs, Budget and Fiscal Review, and Governance and Finance committees. She will further serve with other legislative colleagues in overseeing the Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services.

“I am honored and thankful for the opportunity Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins has provided to the Central Valley,” Hurtado said. “With healthcare being a top priority in the 14th Senate district, the Central Valley continues to face multiple challenges which includes limited access to affordable health and human services.

“These basic human rights are imperative to ensuring that we create a foundational launch pad for families throughout our community. For this reason, I look forward to serving in these committees.”

Senator Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) who was elected to her first term as a state senator replacing former Senator Jean Fuller in District 16. Fuller was unable to rerun due to term limits. Grove had previously served as a state assemblywoman, but was termed out in 2016. The 16th District encompasses portions of Kern, San Bernardino and Tulare counties including parts of Exeter, Visalia and Tulare.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Grove has been appointed to six Senate committees including Vice Chair for the Committee on Veterans Affairs, and Vice Chair for the Committee on Transportation.

“Californians suffer from sky rocketing housing, gas, and insurance costs. However, the needs of rural residents differ from the rest of the state,” Grove said.

“Serving on these committees will allow me to be a voice for my constituency,” she added. “It is time that hard-working citizens can finally afford to live and work in the Golden State.”

Grove will also serve on the Health, Housing, Insurance, and Rule committees.

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