Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) and Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) today announced that Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) has been named the convener of the informal caucus of moderate Democrat Assemblymembers known as the New Democrats, effective immediately, according to a press release from the group.

“I am honored to have been selected as convener by my colleagues and look forward to working to find common ground and real solutions to the problems facing our state,” said Assemblymember Gray. “The New Democrats are committed to a pragmatic approach that promotes the interests of hard-working Californians alienated by the extreme partisanship of both the left and the right.”

In addition, the New Democrats today announced the creation of an executive committee that will collaboratively set policy discussion.

The New Democrats, or “Moderate Caucus,” or “Mod Squad,” as they are alternatively known, has become a growing force in the State Capitol as its members have started sticking together more often to influence policy and stop or advance bills.  As a business group we find that our members and the Mod Squad tend to have more in common than not, so we do our best to keep them informed of our issues.

Congratulations to Assemblymember Gray!

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