With Greg Schmidt planning to retire in October, the California Senate on Friday unanimously elected longtime Capitol staff member Danny Alvarez to the top administrative position in the upper house.
Alvarez, 53, has worked for the Senate since 2003, as the staff director to the Senate budget and fiscal review committee and more recently as the staff director to the Senate education committee. Alvarez came to the Assembly from the Legislative Analyst’s Office in 1987. In the lower house, he worked for the Assembly Ways and Means committee and as the education consultant on the appropriations committee.
As the Senate’s secretary he will oversee the administrative functions of the upper house, including facilities and human resources. Alvarez’s salary was unavailable, but Schmidt was being paid $205,584 a year
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be elected to this position,” Alvarez said during a brief speech Friday on the Senate floor.