Working for you as a new State Senator!

December 14, 2022

What a joyous beginning! 
 
Last week I was sworn into my new role as your state senator at our capitol in Sacramento, surrounded by my senate colleagues, family and friends. 

California Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins proudly presided as California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye administered the oath of office to incoming senators, including yours truly. (Photo by Lorie Shelley, Senate Rules Photography.)

The whole ceremony and opening of the first session was very moving. I admit that I became a bit verklempt as I repeated the oath of office:

“I, Catherine Blakespear, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California; that I will take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter.”

I felt blessed to have many of my family members with me on the senate floor, including (top row l. to. r) my aunt Rosemary, mom Tricia, sister Victoria, son Oliver, daughter Ava, and husband Jeremy. 
It’s a privilege to stand with my newly elected women colleagues in the California State Senate, (l. to r.) Caroline Menjivar, Marie Alvarado-Gil, Lola Smallwood Cuevas, (me), Angelique Ashby, and Aisha Wahab.

Knowing that I’m only the 60th female senator in California history AND that I was being sworn in with this proudly diverse group of new women senators made the occasion even sweeter. I’m thrilled to serve with these strong, intelligent and fierce women – and so thankful for each of them,  along with the voters who put them in office!

The swearing-in was a true moment to savor. Then it was down to business!

Several minutes after the ceremony, I introduced my first two bills. Both of them are called “spot bills,” which means that they’re very brief and the details will be filled in later.

The point of introducing these two bills on the first day is to establish areas in which I want to focus, and to encourage others who also care about these topics to offer their input. With Senate Bill 7 (SB7), I’m focused on creating a framework for cities’ obligations when it comes to homelessness; and with Senate Bill 8 (SB8) I’m focused on gun violence prevention. 

Meanwhile, back down south in District 38, we’ve inherited the two district offices that were occupied by my predecessor Senator Pat Bates. Senator Bates had an office in Encinitas, across from the YMCA on Saxony and an another in Laguna Hills, in the same location as the Laguna Hills City Hall.

We’re still moving in and getting settled – when we’re decent for company, I’ll be sure to give you the addresses and contact info.

Want to join our dynamic team? We’re hiring!

We still have a few job openings remaining – we’re on the lookout for dedicated, motivated and talented achievers to help us create positive change in our state.

Among open positions are District Representative jobs, especially in Orange County, and there’s one remaining in San Diego County. The District Representative position pays from $49,000 to $77,000 a year, depending on the amount of experience in similar, full-time paid work that the applicant can demonstrate.

The link to the job description, application and how to apply is here. We’ve very interested in applicants who know their community and want to work to represent their neighbors. District Representatives will help constituents troubleshoot any issues with state government, represent my office at events when I’m in Sacramento and help with my policy goals. 

In addition, there’s an important job still open in Sacramento – a press secretary/media/communications representative. Ideally I’d love to find a media person who has professional experience and contacts as a news reporter. The job includes doing social media for my office as well. The pay is from $88,000 to $138,000. You can get more info and apply here.

As always, thank you for your continued support as I begin this new chapter. I will be taking your aspirations for our future with me to Sacramento. And I truly hope the holiday spirit is filling your cup as it is mine!

With gratitude and cheer,

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