Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell Named Chair of Assembly Education Committee

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Classroom teacher takes gavel of key legislative committee

SACRAMENTO-Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins has appointed freshman Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-70) as Chair of the California State Assembly’s Education Committee.  O’Donnell was sworn into the Assembly on Monday, December 1. 

“As a classroom teacher for over twenty years and the father of two daughters enrolled in the award-winning Long Beach Unified School District, I am honored to have been selected to chair this committee,” said O’Donnell.  “It’s no secret that the future of our economy and our state starts with decisions made by this committee. I look forward to helping move California forward,” O’Donnell continued.

As Chair of the Education Committee, O’Donnell will oversee a body that has a significant role in the development of education policy. He is a strong supporter of Career Technical Education and recognizes the need to bring California classrooms into the 21st century.

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Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell chairs the Education Committee and was elected in 2014 to represent the 70th Assembly District that includes Long Beach, San Pedro, Signal Hill and Santa Catalina Island.  A classroom teacher for over twenty years, he lives in Long Beach with his wife Jennifer—a small business owner and their two school-aged daughters.