After surviving a nasty intraparty special election last week, Sen. Steve Glazer was sworn in Thursday morning, giving the Senate a full house for the first time since December 2013.
The Orinda Democrat, a longtime political strategist, brought along several powerful friends for the occasion, including Gov. Jerry Brown, his former boss, who performed the oath of office.
Former Republican Congressman Bill Baker was also on hand, offering a few words of encouragement for the nervous Glazer before session began: “You’re made for this.”
But in his opening remarks, Glazer emphasized more humble roots, including a summer job sweeping floors at a Sacramento Orange Julius and a failed application for the Capitol Fellows program.
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“I have always felt the pull of public service as the highest calling,” he said. “And so I am here today humbled and honored to serve with some old and new friends in this state Senate.”
Colleagues welcomed Glazer warmly, giving him a round of applause after his first bill vote, a jubilant “aye!”
Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, took a picture of the family, seated with Glazer on the floor, and Sen. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, showed him how to use the laptop on his desk. Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, presented Glazer with the book “Western States Jewish History: Jewish Pioneers of Orange County.”
A few reminders of the brutal campaign lingered, however.
“I just saw Steve and I congratulated him,” Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, told Glazer’s family before session began, “but I said, ‘Maybe in six months it’s condolences.’”