Assemblymember O’Donnell Named Chair of Ports Committee

For immediate release:

Sacramento – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) was appointed yesterday as Chairman to the Select Committee on Ports. He issued the following statement:

“My district is home to the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach. These two ports are the nation’s busiest cargo hubs that together handle almost half of U.S. imports, and generate over one million regional jobs. The creation of a Select Committee on Ports has been a specific priority of mine and is a direct acknowledgement of their importance to not only my region, but California as a whole.

The reputation and smooth operation of our state’s ports have never been more important given this time of fierce global competition. As Chair, I will focus on all port related activity in California including waterfront development, goods movement, air quality, and economic activity.

Ports significantly contribute to the state’s economy and our local communities. I am honored to have been selected to Chair this committee, and will continue to ensure that the ports remain competitive in California,” concluded O’Donnell.

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Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.

CONTACT: Brendan P. Hughes, (916) 319-2070