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Calif. Appoints Filipina as Interim Lt. Governor

Philippine News, Posted: Nov 10, 2009

SACRAMENTO -- Mona Pasquil has been appointed acting lieutenant governor of California, reports the Philippine News. A longtime Democrat, Pasquil, 48, will serve as take over duties of erstwhile Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, the runaway winner for the 10th District congressional seat vacated by State Undersecretary Ellen Tauscher. Kansas-born Pasquil is the first woman and fifth acting lieutenant governor in the Golden State. California has had 46 lieutenant governors.

Im thrilled and honored to be the first woman but most importantly the first Filipina to be appointed to this seat, Pasquil told Philippine News two hours after officially assuming her post. Im so honored for our community, especially for our pioneers who worked extremely hard for us (who came after) to go just a little bit further. This is great opportunity to help others in this ethnic mosaic that is our state.

Pasquil will serve in an administrative capacity until confirmation of Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggers appointee, which may take place in 90 days. Pasquil may sit on or appoint members of regulatory commissions and state agencies, but Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg will act as acting governor in the absence or incapacity of the chief of state based on the states line of succession.



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