Wiener begins four-year term representing San Francisco and Northern San Mateo County, pledges to focus on housing, public transportation, healthcare access, the environment, and public education
Sacramento — Today, Scott Wiener was sworn in as a California State Senator, where he will represent Senate District 11, including all of San Francisco and parts of Northern San Mateo County. Wiener was elected to serve a four-year term, and he succeeds Mark Leno. Wiener previously served for six years as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Senator Wiener was joined on the floor of the swearing in by family and friends, including his parents, aunt, sister, brother-in-law, and nephews. He was also joined by the City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur, SEIU Local 87 (private sector janitors) President Olga Miranda, and nightlife community leader Joe Carouba. Tonight, Senator Wiener will celebrate his swearing-in with the community he will serve at the Swedish-American Hall in San Francisco, starting at 6 pm.
“I’m honored and excited to join the State Senate and get to work fighting for the people and progressive values that make San Francisco, the Bay Area, and California a remarkable place to live,” said newly sworn-in Senator Wiener. “I’m humbled to be following in the steps of Senator Mark Leno, who has been a mentor and a friend to me for nearly 20 years. I want to thank Mark for his years of exceptional public service to our community, and I look forward to continuing the fight for the progressive values that he has long championed. In the face of the incoming Trump administration and right-wing Republican Congress, we have a duty to protect, promote, and expand our shared California values to push back against the hate and fear looming on the horizon. I will not shrink from that fight, and we will protect our immigrant communities, women, LGBT people, religious minorities, and other marginalized communities. But fighting the far-right federal agenda isn’t our only challenge. We also need to address our statewide housing crisis, build out our regional transit systems, stop and reverse climate change, improve access to healthcare, modernize our water system, and strengthen our public education system here at home to make lives better, more secure, and healthier for all Californians. I congratulate all of my newly sworn in colleagues on this great day. I look forward to working with all of them to build a stronger California.”
During his time on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Senator Wiener served as Chair of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, and as a member of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, and San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority. He is a former Deputy City Attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office and a former Chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party.
The California Constitution requires that the Senate be organized on the first Monday of December. The Legislature will reconvene for 2017 on January 4, after the holidays.