Assemblyman John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) has been selected as the next Speaker of the House in the California State Assembly. He is the first openly gay man to hold this position in the United States. This is the state assembly’s top leadership position. Lawmakers think Perez will bring valuable assets to the table and will effectively combat California’s economic troubles.
Perez served on the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and is a board member for the California League of Conservation Voters, AIDS Project Los Angeles, the Latino Coalition against AIDS, the California Center for Regional Leadership, and the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation. In 2008 he was endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. [HRC]