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BB FLOREZ MOM 039.JPGThe Senate Rules Committee has appointed the mother of former Sen. Dean Florez to a paid post on the California Medical Assistance Commission.

Fran Florez, a former Shafter councilwoman and San Joaquin Hospital community board member, lost a November bid for the 30th Assembly District to Republican David Valadao.

The Shafter Democrat, who also ran for the Assembly in 2008, has served on the California High-Speed Rail Authority. Her term on the board, which coordinates health care services for Medi-Cal recipients, comes with an annual salary of $56,095 and ends Jan. 1, 2013.

Senate Rules also announced that it appointed Nora E. Vargas, a former aide to former Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn, to the Osteopathic Medical Board of California. Vargas is the vice president of community engagement for Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest. The Chula Vista Democrat formerly served on the Dental Board of California and the Physician Assistant Committee. She was director of Hahn's Office of Immigrant Affairs.

PHOTO CREDIT: Then Sen. Dean Florez, D-Shafter, and his mom, then Assembly candidate Fran Florez, leave the Senate chambers together, Monday Oct. 22, 2007. Sacramento Bee/ Brian Baer

Editor's note: This post was updated at 1:30 p.m. to add Florez's salary.


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