Friday, April 07, 2006

Who Replaces Bogh as Caucus Chair? Greg Aghazarian Does!!!

Plescia Names Aghazarian Republican Caucus Chair

Central Valley Legislator Chosen for Strong Leadership Skills

CONTACT: Morgan Crinklaw
(916) 319-2032

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Republican Leader-Elect George Plescia, of San Diego, today announced that he has appointed Assemblyman Greg Aghazarian, of Stockton, to serve as the next Republican Caucus Chair.

“Since he arrived in Sacramento, Greg Aghazarian has been a strong leader and articulate spokesman for our party and an effective legislator for his constituents in the Central Valley,” Plescia said. “I highly value his input and leadership skills, and will work closely with him as we move our Republican agenda of reform forward.”

The Republican Caucus Chair is the second-highest ranking Republican in the State Assembly. An integral part of the Assembly Republican leadership team, the Caucus Chair assists the Leader in advancing the Republican policy agenda, and achieving the Caucus’ political goals. Additionally, the Caucus Chair regularly communicates with Republican leaders throughout California on key legislative issues and party matters.

First elected in 2002 to represent the 26th Assembly District, Aghazarian has served his Republican colleagues well as Assistant Republican Leader and vice-chair of the Assembly Health Committee. He also served on the Joint Legislative Audit Committee that investigated the misuse of taxpayer dollars by former Secretary of State Kevin Shelley. A successful local businessman and attorney, Aghazarian is a graduate of the University of Southern California and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He lives in Stockton with his wife Esther and three young sons.

“I am honored to have earned the trust and confidence of my Republican colleagues as we begin a new chapter under George Plescia’s leadership,” Aghazarian said. “In the coming months, George and I will work hard to advance our Republican ideals and further the progress made under the leadership of Kevin McCarthy and Russ Bogh.”

Plescia and Aghazarian will officially assume their new leadership roles on April 17.