Maldonado to be sworn in Tuesday as lieutenant governor
April 27, 2010
Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) is expected to make a little Central Coast political history on Tuesday when he is sworn in as California’s new lieutenant governor. [Los Angeles Times]
Maldonado’s expected ascension marks the highest any Central Coast politician has gone in Sacramento in modern California history. The governor’s office announced on Monday that an official ceremony would be held today.
The move comes after yesterday’s 25 to 7 vote in the state Senate to approve Maldonado’s nomination.
“I’ll never forget whose money the government spends,” Maldonado said.
The lieutenant governor is considered largely a ceremonial position. Maldonado will serve as president of the state Senate and also be on both the state Lands Use Commission and the governing boards for California’s public university system. He will also become acting governor whenever Schwarzenegger leaves the state.
Maldonado already faces a challenge in the June 8 primary from fellow Republican Sam Aanestad (R-Grass Valley). The winner advances to the general election in November.