Assemblymember Chris Holden Appointed Chair of the Assembly Committee on Appropriations

First African American Chair in 27 Years

Sacramento, CA – California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (AD – 63) appointed Assemblymember Chis Holden (AD – 41) as Chair of the California State Assembly Committee on Appropriations.

“I thank Speaker Rendon for appointing me as Chair of the Appropriations Committee,” said Holden. “I appreciate his confidence in my ability to chair this important committee.”

Former Speaker, Willie Brown chaired the Ways and Means Committee from 1971 to 1974 and in 1995, this Committee was split into two Committees: Appropriations and Budget.  The Assembly Committee on Appropriations primary jurisdiction includes all fiscal bills including bonds and alternative public financing. Holden is the first African American to Chair Appropriations in 27 years.

“After serving nearly 24 years on the Pasadena City Council, and nine years in the California State Assembly, I have learned the important balance of maintaining fiscal responsibility and advancing effective public policy. I look forward to working with my colleagues as we endeavor for another impactful legislative session,” said Holden.

Holden formally chaired the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy for five years where its primary jurisdictions included public utilities, the California Public Utilities Commission, energy companies, telecommunications and international trade, among others.  He will continue as a member of this committee as well as the Assembly Committee on Judiciary, the Assembly Committee on Communications and Conveyance and the Assembly Committee on Environmental Science and Toxic Materials.

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