Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller stepping down, Senator Patricia Bates elected

Posted at 4:22 PM, Mar 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-14 20:11:44-04

Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller has decided to step down as Senate Republican Leader.

Senate Republicans elected Senator Patricia "Pat" Bates to serve as the next Senate Republican Leader. 

Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on  Jean Fuller:

“Jean has been a tireless champion for our community in Sacramento. Her fight and leadership in advocating for our community’s shared beliefs was contagious among her colleagues in the State Senate, and she will leave behind a legacy in the party leadership of fighting for commonsense conservative principles in a state capital often devoid of them. Although her job description might change in Sacramento, she will never stop advocating for our community while she is in the Senate. I remain grateful for her leadership, advice, and most of all, her close friendship as we work towards promoting solutions for the Central Valley and California.”

Senator Jean Fuller was the first woman to serve as Senate Republican Leader in the California Legislature. She represents the 16th Senate District.

Assemblyman Vince Fong released the following statement:

“I commend my friend, Senator Jean Fuller, for her hard work and dedication as California Senate Republican Leader,” said Fong. “Under her leadership, Jean brought together all sides to fight for a better California. She is a true leader, and I look forward to continue to work with her throughout 2018 to champion Kern County’s priorities. The Senate Republicans have selected Senator Patricia Bates to continue a great legacy, and I know we will be in good hands.”