Assembly Officially Names Anthony Rendon of Lakewood as New Speaker

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The California Assembly is making its selection of a new speaker official.

Lawmakers voted Monday to select Assemblyman Anthony Rendon of Lakewood as their next speaker, starting in March.

The Lakewood Democrat says he wants to create a more collaborative working environment in the Legislature, including with Republicans.

And in a break with tradition, the Republican Assembly Minority Leader seconded Rendon’s nomination. Minority Leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley said he’ll probably take heat for it, but he doesn’t want to start a new chapter with “an empty partisan exercise.”

The 47-year-old Rendon has prioritized restoring funding for early childhood education, though Gov. Jerry Brown left that out of his budget proposal last week.

Rendon will take over from current Speaker Toni Atkins, a San Diego Democrat, in March.