State Senators Andreas Borgeas (R–Fresno) and Anna Caballero (D–Salinas) will be taking leading roles in California’s pandemic response efforts when the California State Legislature is gaveled back into session next month.
Wednesday, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D–San Diego) tapped Borgeas and Caballero to serve on the Senate Special Committee on California’s Pandemic Emergency Response, Findings for Future Preparedness.
Borgeas is one of three Republicans to serve on the panel. The other two are Brian Jones of San Diego and Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel.
“We want to make sure that we properly evaluate lessons we are learning from this still evolving event as well as ensure the state of California is prepared for future pandemic emergencies,” Borgeas said in a statement. “The Legislature took decisive action to ensure that California was well-equipped to flatten the COVID-19 curve. I am honored to represent the Central Valley, mountain and foothill communities as a member of this committee to ensure that we are dedicating resources to our most vulnerable areas.”
Joining Borgeas and Jones are Democratic Sens. Patricia C. Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), Bill Dodd (D-Yolo), Hannah-Beth Jackson (D–Santa Barbara), Mike McGuire (D–Healdsburg), Richard Pan (D–Sacramento), Tom Umberg (D–Santa Ana), and Scott D. Wiener (D–San Francisco).
The committee will be chaired by Sen. Lena A. Gonzalez (D-Long Beach).