Toni Atkins elected Assembly speaker

Toni Atkins elected Assembly speaker

SAN DIEGO — Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, said Wednesday she was “humbled, grateful, and ready to get to work” as the first San Diegan to become speaker of the Assembly.

The remarks were the first since word spread Tuesday of Atkins’ selection by her colleagues in the lower chamber of the state Legislature. She is currently the majority leader.

“From the drought we are experiencing to ensuring a healthy business climate and a world-class educational system, California is facing important issues in the near future,” Atkins said. “I look forward to leading the state Assembly in working with the Senate and the governor to meet our challenges and to move our great state forward.”

Details on when she would succeed current Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, were still being worked out. Atkins’ spokeswoman, Dale Kelly Bankhead, said it could be during the spring, but plans remained up in the…

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