The 82-member freshman class taking seats in the U.S. House of Representatives today includes nine former members of the California Legislature.
Former Sens. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Chino, and Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, and former Assembly members Julia Brownley, D-Santa Monica, Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley, Tony Cardenas, D-Los Angeles, Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, and David Valadao, R-Hanford, won election to the House in the November election. All but Cardenas served in the 2011-2012 legislative session.
They join more than a dozen other California Legislature alumni already serving in the House, including former Assembly Speaker Karen Bass.
"Officially sworn in as a member of the 113th Congress moments ago," the Los Angeles Democrat tweeted. "Hoping this Congress is a more bipartisan and productive one."
Fourteen of California's 53 seats are filled by freshman members this year. The state's congressional delegation saw more turnover than usual because of retirements, redistricting and the new "top-two" election rules.