Senate Leader Atkins Announces Senator Eggman as Assistant Majority Leader

January 19, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) today announced that Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) has been appointed as Assistant Majority Leader for the Senate. The move follows the transition of Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) to Majority Leader, and the transition of Senator Robert M. Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) to Majority Leader Emeritus.

“Shaped by her years in the Army, as a social worker, and in public service, Senator Eggman holds a deep and unique understanding of the needs of our communities — a connection that is especially critical now as we work to create a California that is more equitable for everyone,” Pro Tem Atkins said. “I am delighted Senator Eggman will bring her skills, empathy, and enthusiasm to the role of Assistant Majority Leader.”

Senator Eggman, who was first elected to the Senate in 2020 after having served eight years in the California Assembly, currently serves as Chair of the Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services. She has been an instrumental resource in the Senate and brings a wealth of perspective on issues facing Californians, given her background in agriculture, city government, community building, and as a veteran and licensed clinical social worker.  

“I am honored to serve as Assistant Majority Leader and am grateful to have the confidence of my friend and colleague, Senator Atkins,” Senator Eggman said. “The Senate has much important work to do this year, including the continued effort to mitigate the fallout from the pandemic, battling climate change, expanding health care access, further addressing the mental health and homelessness crisis, and closing learning gaps in our educational system. I look forward to helping my colleagues in the shared effort to move California forward.”


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: