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AM Alert: California Senate rededicates hearing room to women senators

Democrat Rose Ann Vuich of Dinuba was the first woman in the state Senate. She represented rural Tulare County for 16 years, from 1976 to 1992, building a reputation for honesty and as a forceful advocate for Central Valley agriculture. She died in September 2001 at the age of 74.
Democrat Rose Ann Vuich of Dinuba was the first woman in the state Senate. She represented rural Tulare County for 16 years, from 1976 to 1992, building a reputation for honesty and as a forceful advocate for Central Valley agriculture. She died in September 2001 at the age of 74. The Sacramento Bee file

The state Senate skipped last week’s Women of the Year festivities, but it has its own honor planned for Women’s History Month: a rededication of the Rose Ann Vuich Hearing Room, named for the Central Valley Democrat who became the first woman elected to the California Senate in 1976.

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León will unveil several new wall hangings, comprised of black-and-white headshots of the 42 women who have served in the Senate, noon in Room 2040 of the Capitol, to be followed a reception in the pro tem’s office. Current lawmakers will be joined by former Sens. Dede Alpert, Elaine Alquist, Debra Bowen, Ellen Corbett, Denise Ducheny, Martha Escutia, Noreen Evans, Liz Figueroa, Christine Kehoe, Sharon Runner and Diane Watson.

The senators who will be recognized are:

Dede Alpert

D-San Diego

Cathleen Galgiani

D-Manteca

Carol Liu

D-La Cañada Flintridge

Sharon Runner

R-Lancaster

Elaine Alquist

D-Santa Clara

Loni Hancock

D-Berkeley

Carole Migden

D-San Francisco

Hilda Solis

D-El Monte

Patricia Bates

R-Laguna Niguel

Teresa Hughes

D-Inglewood

Holly Mitchell

D-Los Angeles

Nell Soto

D-Pomona

Marian Bergeson

R-Newport Beach

Hannah-Beth Jackson

D-Santa Barbara

Rebecca Morgan

R-Los Altos Hills

Jackie Speier

D-Hillsborough

Debra Bowen

D-Marina Del Rey

Betty Karnette

D-Long Beach

Gloria Negrete-McLeod

D-Chino

Norma Torres

D-Pomona

Ellen Corbett

D-San Leandro

Christine Kehoe

D-San Diego

Janet Nguyen

R-Garden Grove

Rose Ann Vuich

D-Dinuba

Denise Ducheny

D-San Diego

Lucy Killea

I-San Diego

Jenny Oropeza

D-Long Beach

Mimi Walters

R-Laguna Niguel

Martha Escutia

D-Whittier

Sheila Kuehl

D-Santa Monica

Deborah Ortiz

D-Sacramento

Diane Watson

D-Los Angeles

Noreen Evans

D-Santa Rosa

Barbara Lee

D-Oakland

Fran Pavley

D-Agoura Hills

Patricia Wiggins

D-Santa Rosa

Liz Figueroa

D-Sunol

Connie Leyva

D-Chino

Gloria Romero

D-Los Angeles

Lois Wolk

D-Davis

Jean Fuller

R-Bakersfield

Cathie Wright

R-Simi Valley

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Call The Bee’s Alexei Koseff, (916) 321-5236. Follow him on Twitter @akoseff.

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