Lowenthal Elected Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus

Jan 15, 2013
Allison Ruff

Elected by her peers, Lowenthal will lead the 31-member group.

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, was elected to serve as Chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus.  Senator Hannah Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, was elected the Vice Chair.

“It’s an honor to serve as the Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus,” said Lowenthal.  “We’re reminded every day of the need to advocate for women and girls, whether it’s through court cases, world events, or the inequality of our paychecks.  I look forward to working with my colleagues to build a better, brighter future for all California women and their families.”

The California Legislative Women's Caucus was formed in 1985 by nine Democrats and six Republicans. These groundbreaking women included Assemblymembers Teresa Hughes (D), the caucus's first chair; Maxine Waters (D); Sally Tanner (D); Gwen Moore (D); Marian L. Follette (R); Cathie Wright (R); Doris Allen (R); Lucy Killea (D); Sunny Mojonnier (R); Gloria Molina (D);and Bev Hansen (R); and Senators Diane Watson (D); Rose Ann Vuich (D); Marian Beregeson (R); and Rebecca Morgan (R).

The purpose of the Women's Caucus is to encourage collegiality, participation in and cooperation among elected women in California government and to promote the interests of women, children and families through legislation. The Caucus is open to all women members of the California Legislature. There are currently 31 women serving in both the Senate and Assembly.  The Chair of the Caucus alternates each Session between a member of the Assembly and member of the Senate, and the vice chair is elected from the opposite house of the Chair.


Assemblymember Lowenthal is the Chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, the Legislative Women’s Caucus; the Select Committee on Ports; and the Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Emergency Management.  Ms. Lowenthal represents the 70th Assembly District, including Catalina Island, Long Beach, San Pedro, and Signal Hill.