Gay Latino Chosen to Lead California State Assembly

Dec 10, 2009 5:20pm

ABC News’ Teddy Davis reports: California Assembly Democrats on Thursday afternoon chose Assemblyman John Perez as their new speaker, making the first-term Democrat the first openly gay man to hold the post. Perez, cousin of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, will replace current Speaker Karen Bass, who will be forced out of the Assembly next year by the body’s 6-year term limit. Perez, who represents part of Los Angeles in the State Legislature, spent several years working as a political organizer for the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) before being elected to the Assembly in 2008.

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