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John Pérez

First out LGBTQ+ speaker of the California state Assembly

John Perez won his election to the California state Assembly in 2008, becoming the first out LGBTQ+ person of color elected to the California state legislature. In 2010, he was unanimously elected California’s first out LGBTQ+ Assembly Speaker. Many give him credit for turning a state budget deficit of $64 billion dollars into a surplus by the end of his time as speaker. He served until his retirement in 2014.

California Assembly Speaker (2010 – 2014)

California Assembly (2008 – 2014)

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