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Assemblyspeaker Bass, Former First Lady Sharon Davis Endorse Councilwoman Janice Hanh for Lt. Governor
Pair also will Co-Chair Women for Hahn, along with CDP Vice Chair Alex Rooker
Â The Janice Hahn for lieutenant governor campaign today announced endorsements by Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and former California First Lady Sharon Davis. The campaign also said the two will serve as Co-Chairs of Women for Hahn, along with Alex Gallardo-Rooker, longtime Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party.
Hahn would be the state's first-ever woman Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, and if elected, the first-ever female California lieutenant governor. State Republicans have nominated two women for the post, in 1990 and 1994, both of whom were defeated.
"I want Janice Hahn to be our next lieutenant governor," said Bass. "On issues of the environment, higher education and the economy, no one is more prepared."
"Janice Hahn exemplifies the spirit and commitment of women serving in elected office," Davis said. "As the wife of a former lieutenant governor, I have complete confidence that she will do the office and the state proud, and I enthusiastically support her candidacy."
"Janice Hahn is my personal labor leader, she is my environmental leader, she is my personal friend and my rock," said Gallardo-Rooker, Vice Chair of the state Democratic Party. "There is no one, male or female, who will bring more to the job of lieutenant governor."
"I am truly humbled that such amazing women leaders with impeccable credentials would take such an active role in my campaign," Hahn said. "Karen Bass, Sharon Davis and Alex Rooker are the women's dream team for any campaign."
Karen Bass was elected to the California State Assembly in 2004 to represent the 47th Assembly District in Los Angeles. In May 2008, she made history when she became the first African American woman ever to head a state legislative chamber, and the first Democratic woman to serve as Speaker of the California Assembly.
As California's only Democratic First Lady since 1967, Sharon Davis focused on children's health and safety issues, and was also passionate about children's education and literacy. She created the Governor's Book Fund to provide grants to school libraries. She now devotes her time to volunteer efforts on behalf of UNICEF, Loyola Marymount University, and SheVotes.org.
Alexandra "Alex" Gallardo-Rooker, Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party since 2001, endorsed Hahn earlier in the campaign. Rooker, a Mexico City native, is Legislative Advocate in California for the Communications Workers of America and is a member of the Democratic National Committee.
Hahn also has been endorsed in the Democratic primary by the National Organization for Women (NOW), National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC), California List, the California Federation of Teachers, California Professional Firefighters, Communications Workers of America, Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), Los Angeles City Fire Department Chief Officers Association, Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers Association, Los Angeles Airport Police and Southern California Pipe Trades District Council 16, among others.