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Brown Appoints Former Speaker

Sacramento, CA — Former Assembly Speaker John Perez failed in his bid to become the next state Controller, but he will still have some influence in California government.

Perez is terming out in the Assembly, and this past June, he failed to make it past the primary in the race for California Controller. The top two vote-getters were eventual Democratic winner Betty Yee and Republican challenger Ashley Swearengin.

Governor Jerry Brown announces that he is appointing Perez to the University of California Board of Regents. Brown says Perez has long been an advocate for affordable higher education, and in 2013 authored the Middle Class Scholarship Act.

The appointment does still require Senate confirmation. There is no compensation for the seat.

Information provided by the Governor’s Office notes that Perez was the first openly gay man to serve as Assembly Speaker, and previously was on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and Aids, under President’s Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Perez is also a member of the Democratic National Committee.

For a second open seat on the Board of Regents, Brown is appointing Eloy Ortiz Oakley. He has been the Superintendent and President of Long Beach City College since 2007.

The Governor’s Office notes that Oakley is also a member of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, American Association of Community Colleges and on the board of the St. Mary’s Medical Center.