(Sept. 30) Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, doubles the number of social workers in the Legislature, joining Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis.
Eggman has a master's in social work from California State University, Stanislaus and a doctorate in social work and social research from Portland State University. She was also an associate professor of social work at California State University, Sacramento, but is now on a leave of absence for obvious reasons.
"I think we bring a set of skills in being able to listen to people, being able to problem solve that maybe other professions don't provide you that same training," Eggman said of the expertise she and Yamada share.
That experience has already surfaced in her legislation: Eggman authored a few bills dealing with licensing rules for marriage counselors, therapists and social workers.
And on the topic of Eggman family employment, the Assemblywoman's brother Michael -- a candidate to represent California's 10th Congressional District who has received support from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee -- works as a beekeeper. Should make for some interesting campaign ads.
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