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September 1, 2020

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate adjourned the unprecedented 2020 legislative session today, having approved significant measures to fight COVID-19, spur economic recovery, and respond to calls for greater economic and social justice. 

June 3, 2019

Every year since 2015, I have spearheaded Socks for Stand Down, providing thousands of pairs of socks and underwear for veterans who participate in Stand Down, an annual three-day event run by Veterans Village of San Diego where struggling military veterans can access services, bond with one another and get some much-deserved rest and relaxation.

May 22, 2019

Throughout my career, I have been unwavering in my support for increasing California’s supply of affordable housing.

In the state Legislature, I created a historic ongoing funding source for affordable housing, made sure affordable housing was included in cap-and-trade funds and provided funding for permanent supportive housing as well as other programs and funding to combat homelessness.

February 13, 2019

It is a profound honor to represent the fifth-largest economy in the world in elective office. Now that the new Legislature has been sworn in, we must put aside election-year disputes and come together as one California because we have urgent work ahead of us.



January 30, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – California’s severe housing shortage is the most pressing issue facing the Legislature and Governor Gavin Newsom this year according to state Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, speaking at an event hosted by California’s Public Policy Institute on Wednesday.



January 18, 2019

State Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, and Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, Friday announced the state legislature’s creation of an independent workplace conduct unit and review panel, the first of its kind in the country.

Atkins and Rendon, the Senate president and Assembly speaker, respectively, jointly announced the conduct unit’s creation with state Supreme Court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.

Five employment law experts already have been appointed to the conduct unit, the three said in their announcement.


January 4, 2019

When Edmund G. Brown Jr. was first sworn-in as governor, a San Diegan, Jim Mills, was on hand as president pro tem of the California State Senate. Now, as our governor prepares to finish his fourth term, I am proud to be the San Diegan leading the Senate in offering a fond and respectful farewell.

Or, as Gov. Brown would likely say, “Ave atque vale.”


December 17, 2018

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – California lawmakers are back at work this month for a new session and their slate is full.

California’s gas tax, the aftermath of the devastating wildfires, and a new governor are just some of the issues they’ll be tending to.

Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins joined KUSI to share what California should expect from the legislature this year.



October 3, 2018

By Emily Stewart

Women are dramatically outnumbered on the boards of directors for the nation’s biggest companies. California just passed a law trying to change that.

October 2, 2018

By Agnes Constante

LOS ANGELES — Two new California laws will require workers in certain industries to go through training to identify human trafficking as part of a package of legislation that advocates expect will help the state address the issue.