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SACRAMENTO – Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, of Modesto, today announced her leadership team for the 2015-16 legislative session, selecting a group of Assembly Republican Caucus members from across California. 


“I’m honored to have an exceptional group of Republican members serve on the caucus’ leadership team,” said Olsen. “We will work closely together to build a strong caucus operation and to promote reforms and policy solutions around our core priorities such as education and job growth that will move California forward.”


The following individuals were named today by Olsen to leadership positions:

Assembly Republican Caucus Chair: Assembly Member Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita

The Republican Caucus Chair assists the Leader in overseeing caucus operations, advancing the Republican policy agenda, and achieving the Caucus’ goals.

Assistant Republican Leader, Strategic Advancement: Assembly Member Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach

Assistant Republican Leader, Strategic Advancement will work closely with caucus members and staff to identify and recommend options to maximize caucus opportunities. Additionally, this position regularly communicates with community leaders and people throughout California on key legislative issues and Party matters.

Assistant Republican Leader, Finance: Assembly Member Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals

Assistant Republican Leader, Finance works closely with the Leader to develop and achieve Caucus operational goals. This position also works closely with caucus members and fiscal staff to promote fiscally-prudent policies consistent with Republican principles. 

Assistant Republican Leader, Innovation and the New Economy: Assembly Member Jay Obernolte, R-Big Bear Lake

Assistant Republican Leader, Innovation and the New Economy will work closely with members and staff to identify and recommend ways to use technology to improve service to constituents and members, increase transparency, and connect with the communities we serve. The position also leads Caucus policy goals to encourage growth and opportunity within California’s vibrant innovation economy.                                                                                                                                                                                             

Republican Floor Leader:  Assembly Member Marie Waldron, R-Escondido

The Republican Floor Leader works with her Democrat counterpart to help ensure smooth floor operations and parliamentary procedure during Assembly session. The Floor Leader also works with the Leader and Whips to develop and implement strategies that will allow key policy measures to receive full and fair consideration during legislative debate.

Deputy Republican Floor Leader: Assembly Member James Gallagher, R-Nicolaus

The Deputy Republican Floor Leader works closely with the Republican Floor Leader, helping to ensure smooth and effective floor operations during Assembly session.

Chief Republican Whip: Assembly Member Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley

The Chief Republican Whip works with the Leader and Floor Leader to devise legislative floor strategy and provide direction and guidance to the Republican Whips and members as they work to advance the Republican Caucus' positions during Assembly floor sessions.

Republican Whips: Assembly Member Ling-Ling Chang, R-Diamond Bar, Assembly Member Beth Gaines, R-Roseville

Republican Whips are charged with mobilizing member votes on important legislation, acting as a liaison between members and leadership, and helping to coordinate strategy within the Caucus.

The Assembly Republican Leadership Team will also include the Vice Chair for the Assembly Budget Committee, to be named at a later date, who will work closely with the Leader and advise the caucus on matters related to the state budget.