Republican Brian Dahle and Democrat Lena Gonzalez took oaths of office Wednesday, June 12, after winning special elections June 4 for empty seats in the California Senate last week.
Dahle, a farmer from Bieber and a former Lassen County Supervisor and District 1 Assemblyman, defeated Kevin Kiley for the District 1 senate seat vacated by Ted Gaines who resigned after being elected to the California Board of Equalization.
Dahle’s District 1 Assembly seat is now vacant.
According to the Dahle for Senate website, “Improving (the) lives of his North State neighbors is a way of life for Brian. Because of Brian’s leadership, the state has finally taken action to prevent deadly wildfires, $29 billion in new taxes were defeated, pharmaceutical companies will be held accountable for rising drug costs, six north state hospitals will stay open and our schools will be fully funded.”
The website praised Dahle’s experience as a county supervisor (16 years), assembly member and Republican Assembly Leader as well as his service as chair of the Rural County Representatives of California and seven years as a board member on the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. He is third generation farmer and business owner.
According to the website, as Assembly Republican Leader, Dahle, “Prevented any new tax hikes, opposed making California a sanctuary state, opposed policies that release more dangerous prisoners, led efforts reduce the risk of wildfires and protected the Second Amendment and private property rights.”
Dahle won election to the Lassen County Board of Supervisors in 1996, was elected to the assembly in 2012 and elected to serve as Assembly Republican Leader in 2017.