Escutia Named Senate Energy Chair

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Nov. 19, 2004 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Senate President Pro Tem-elect Don Perata (D-Oakland) has named Martha Escutia (D-Norwalk) to be chairwoman of the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee.

"Martha has a long history of being a strong voice for consumers," said Perata, "and her excellent bridge building and negotiating skills have also won her the respect of business leaders. I look forward to working with Senator Escutia to protect consumers and businesses, expand our investment in renewable energy and ensure a reliable, affordable and adequate supply of energy for all Californians."

In a statement issued after the announcement of her appointment, Escutia said she will work to "craft balanced policies that simultaneously attract investment and development, protect consumers, promote cutting edge technologies, preserve clean and safe environments, and maintain affordable rates."

"It will not always be easy," said Escutia, "but the Legislature must ensure that the proper balance is achieved. California families and businesses must have access to gas, electric and telephone services at reasonable prices."

Escutia was elected to the State Assembly in 1992 and the State Senate in 1998. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in Public Administration, and received a law degree from Georgetown University. She represents the 30th Senate district, which includes the cities of Bell Gardens, Commerce, Huntington Park, Montebello Park, Norwalk and Whittier.

CMTA looks forward to working with Senator Escutia to promote policies that benefit residential and business consumers, improve California’s business climate, and increase investment in the state’s energy infrastructure.
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