The San Diego Democrat, who was termed-out this year, was appointed to the board during a closed-door executive session of the Senate Rules Committee yesterday. Her four-year term on the board, which pays a salary of $128,109, begins Jan. 2, according to a spokesman for Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.
The vote by the Rules Committee, which is chaired by Steinberg, was not released.
The seven-member board, appointed by the governor, the speaker of the Assembly and the Rules Committee, hears appeals of unemployment and disability benefit claim decisions made by the Employment Development Department. All five current members of the board are former state legislators.
Ducheny will replace former state legislator Liz Figueroa, whose term ends Jan. 1. The terms of two additional appointees also expire Jan. 1.
The appointment was first reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Post updated at 11:20 with information about whom Ducheny will replace.
PHOTO CREDIT: Senator Denise Ducheny, D-San Diego, at a May 2009 hearing at the Capitol. Hector Amezcua, Sacramento Bee.