SACRAMENTO (AP) — California has sworn in its first elected female lieutenant governor and its first openly gay statewide officeholder.
Eleni Kounalakis, a former ambassador to Hungary, opposed offshore oil drilling and promised to expand access to public education in two of the lieutenant governor’s many roles.
— Eleni Kounalakis (@EleniForCA) January 7, 2019
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — the first woman to lead a political party in Congress — was among those at Monday’s swearing-in ceremony praising Kounalakis for breaking the glass ceiling.
Lt. Governor Kounalakis spoke about her goals for the future of California in today’s Inaugural Address. Among them, the importance of #HigherEducation. The work is just beginning. pic.twitter.com/LGbocOb1Ik
— Eleni Kounalakis (@EleniForCA) January 8, 2019
Meanwhile, former state Sen. Ricardo Lara became the first openly gay statewide officeholder when he was sworn in as insurance commissioner.
The son of Mexican immigrants took his oath on a copy of an original Spanish version of the state Constitution.
Hope that if disaster happens, you can rebuild your home on solid ground. Hope that you will stay healthy to work & watch your family grow. Hope that businesses will continue to invest in our state & thrive. That is why I say we are the #DepartmentofHope. –@icricardolara pic.twitter.com/2zDOu2AaS4
— CA Dept of Insurance (@CDInews) January 8, 2019