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New CALIFORNIA Assembly Military & Veteran Committee Chair & Vice Chair Named

CSCVC:  The Assembly Speaker has named a new Chair and Vice Chair of the Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs.

Chair:

Esmeralda Soria (D)

Represents area roughly to the west of Fresno and Merced:  https://a27.asmdc.org/district-map 

Soria is new to the Legislature.

Bio: Assemblymember Esmeralda Soria, District 27

Assemblymember Esmeralda Soria was elected to the California State Assembly in November of 2022 to represent the 27th Assembly District.

A First-Generation American and daughter of farm workers, Esmeralda knows firsthand about hard work and sacrifice, having worked alongside her parents in the Central Valley’s agricultural fields throughout her childhood. She then worked her way through college and law school.

Assemblymember Soria served as an educator, community advocate, and Fresno City Councilmember. As Councilmember, Soria led efforts to increase public safety and community development, create thousands of good-paying jobs, build affordable and accessible housing, tackle homelessness, and expand access to parks and greenspace.

Soria also fought to deliver millions of dollars in funding to the Central Valley for water, new health clinics, and local public schools. Soria will continue fighting for the residents of the Central Valley while in Sacramento on the issues that matter the most to them.

She was born and raised in the Central Valley.

Vice Chair: 

Laurie Davies (R)

Represents area roughly from Laguna Niguel to Oceanside:  https://ad74.asmrc.org/district-map/

Davies has been in the Legislature since 2021.

Bio:  Assemblymember Laurie Davies, District 73.

Assemblywoman Laurie Davies represents California’s 73rd Assembly District –Aliso Viejo, Coto de Caza, Dana Point, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Las Flores, Mission Viejo, Rancho Mission Viejo, Rancho Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Trabuco Canyon.

Laurie Davies is a small business owner and former Mayor who was elected to the State Assembly in 2020.
Laurie serves on the Assembly’s committees for: Appropriations, Communications and  Conveyance, Governmental Organization, Human Services, Judiciary, and Transportation.

Like so many, Laurie packed up everything and headed west in pursuit of the California Dream. Originally from Wisconsin, after graduating from high school and saving enough money to buy a Cutlass Supreme, Laurie moved to Southern California to attend Cal State Long Beach.

After earning her degree, Laurie planted roots in Orange County where she worked locally in the Restaurant and Hospitality sector. Two decades ago, she launched a small business specializing in wedding and special events that she successfully still operates today.

Over the course of nearly the last twenty years as an entrepreneur and small business owner, Laurie became active in the community. In recognition of her involvement in the community, she was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award from the Lions Club.

Laurie was first elected in 2012 to the Laguna Niguel City Council in 2012. She was appointed Mayor in 2015 and re-elected in 2016. During her time on the Council, Laurie served as a Board Member on the Transportation Corridor Agency, Chaired the League of Cities Committee on Transportation, Communication and Public Works, and was elected to the OCTA. Laurie served the Board of the Association of California Cities Orange County as President.

Laurie lives in Laguna Niguel with her husband, Neil.