Senate Leader Atkins Issues Statement on Retirement of California Supreme Court Chief Justice

July 27, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement today regarding the announced retirement of California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye:

“Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye is a dynamic and thoughtful leader who has steered the California Supreme Court with a steady hand during tumultuous times. She has been instrumental in maintaining a collaborative relationship between our co-equal branches, and pursuing our shared commitment to improve access to justice. Justice Cantil-Sakauye has upheld and reflected California’s values, all the while demonstrating that justice can be achieved free of politics. On a personal level, I will miss working alongside her and will always cherish the memory of her swearing me in as President pro Tempore of the Senate. On behalf of all Californians, I thank Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye for dedicating more than 30 years to our state’s justice system, and wish her all the best in her retirement.”


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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: