STATEMENT: Senate Leader Atkins Reacts to Announcement on 2020 Census Citizenship Question

July 2, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement on today’s announcement that the 2020 Census questionnaire will not include a citizenship question:

“This is a profound and moving victory for all Californians and Americans. We now know that the idea of adding the citizenship question to the 2020 Census was a cynical and partisan ploy to intimidate and silence the voices of millions of Americans. One thing remains clear, we must ensure an adequate and complete count of all our residents so that we can deliver services they rightfully deserve and ensure their participation in our democracy.

“I will continue to work with the Governor and my legislative colleagues to ensure proper funding to do outreach in every community.”


Toni G. Atkins is President pro Tempore of the California Senate. Having previously served as Speaker of the California Assembly, she began her tenure in the Senate in 2016. As Senator for District 39, she represents the cities of San Diego, Coronado, Del Mar and Solana Beach. Website of President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins:

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