Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) has been named chair of the assembly committee on education. Speaker John A. Perez made the announcement as part of changes to his leadership team and appointed new committee chairs.
The changes took effect last Thursday.
"I am honored that the Speaker has chosen me for this position," Buchanan said. "I look forward to working with my colleagues and with stakeholders in the education community on legislation that will make the best use of our resources to benefit California's students."
Buchanan has been a member of the Assembly Education Committee since she was first elected in 2008.
Before being elected to the State Assembly, Buchanan served for 18 years on the San Ramon Valley Board of Education. She's also a member of the State Allocation Board and the Assembly representative on the State Advisory Commission on Special Education.
"We currently are facing unique challenges in funding education in our state, but we will hold steadfast to our mission of preparing students to be the workers, leaders, and innovators of tomorrow's global economy," Buchanan added.
A news release stated that education has been a lifelong priority for Buchanan. While raising her five children, she was involved in PTA, as well as a youth soccer coach, and classroom computer mom.
A graduate of San Francisco public schools and UC Santa Barbara, Joan has first-hand knowledge of California public schools at every level as a student, parent, community advocate, and elected school board member, the release said.