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Tricia Wynne Photo.jpgA longtime aide to Democratic politicians has been added to the state panel tasked with enforcing California's campaign and political conflict-of-interest laws.

Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced today that she is appointing Patricia Wynne to the Fair Political Practices Commission. Wynne, who currently serves as deputy state treasurer at the California State Treasurer's Office, has also worked for the attorney general's office and the state Senate in her 30-year career in state government.

"It's hard to overstate the importance of having an aggressive, proactive, independent political watchdog, which is why I am so pleased Tricia has accepted this appointment to the FPPC," Bowen said in a statement. "Tricia has a keen understanding of the fair and practical application of complex laws and regulations, and her devotion to integrity, transparency and independence will serve all Californians well."

Wynne, who will start her new job in April, replaces Elizabeth Garret, a University of Southern California provost who was previously appointed by Bowen to a four-year term. She is one of three new members filling vacancies on the commission this spring. All the posts were open because of term limits.

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PHOTO: FPPC Commissioner Patricia Wynne. California Department of Justice.



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