Chad Mayes

Mayes will take over Jan. 4 after transition with current leader Kristin Olsen

Capitol Alert
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
September 1, 2015

California Assembly Republicans chose first-term Assemblyman Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, to be their next leader in a closed-door vote Tuesday.

Current Assembly Minority Leader Kristin Olsen, R-Riverbank, took over the leadership post last fall after an election that saw Republicans erase a Democratic supermajority. Her effort to build on that momentum came with an expiration date: Term limits prevent Olsen from serving in the Assembly after November 2016.

Olsen will continue to lead the caucus through the end of a session in which Democratic leaders are seeking Republican votes for taxes to help pay for health care and transportation infrastructure. But Mayes will take over election activity and will join Olsen on fundraising missions as he prepares to assume his new role Jan. 4. Senate Republicans ousted their leader, Bob Huff, last week, replacing him with Jean Fuller of Bakersfield.

“One of the main purposes of having a transition timeline is to make sure the new leader, the incoming leader, can meet all the key partners that we work with across the state,” Olsen told reporters. “From a fundraising perspective, we will be in all those meetings together.”

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