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Public Policy Newsletter Article

History Made as Dr. Akilah Weber Sworn in as 79th District Assemblymember

  • 2021-04-22T15:00:00.000+0000
  • Author: Jimmy Jackson

On Monday, April 19, California Secretary of State Shirley Weber, Ph.D., swore in her daughter, Akilah Weber, M.D., as the newly elected Assemblymember for the 79th District, a seat the Secretary of State vacated to accept her appointment as Secretary of State. Assemblymember Akilah Weber was elected in an April 6, 2021, special election, garnering 52% of the vote to win the seat outright in the primary election. Akilah Weber, a practicing OB/GYN, becomes the third physician serving in the 2021-22 California Legislature.

The swearing-in ceremony was itself historic, as it is the first time a mother who is also a sitting statewide constitutional officer had sworn a daughter into the Legislature, according to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon.

Photo Credit: screen capture, California State Assembly Media Archives