In a surprise announcement, State Senator Michael Rubio (D-Bakersfield) has announced that he is resigning from the state legislature and taking a job directing California governmental affairs for the Chevron Corporation.  CBPA leadership learned this news directly from the Senator on a CEQA Working Group call and it was made public shortly thereafter through an announcement released by his Capitol Staff.

Rubio was elected in 2010 and is known as one of the most moderate members of the State’s upper chamber.  Shortly after his daughter was diagnosed with Downs Syndrome, he abandoned plans to run for Congress.  He stated that being able to spend more time with his family was the main reason for this decision.

Rubio was leading the push to modernize the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  As part of that push, he was named as the chair of the Environmental Quality Committee, was working closely with Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, as well as reform minded groups.  We hope those efforts can continue without his leadership.

Click here to read Senator Rubio’s resignation statement.  We wish him luck in his new endeavors.


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