Wieckowski chosen to head Senate Environmental Quality Committee

December 17, 2014

Sacramento – State Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will chair the Senate Environmental Quality Committee in the 2015-2016 legislative session, Senate President Pro Tem. Kevin de Leon’s office announced today.  It is familiar territory for Wieckowski who previously served as chair of the Assembly’s Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee during his first term in the Legislature.

“I am grateful that the President Pro Tem is giving me the chairmanship of this important committee and I am looking forward to continuing to protect California’s environment,” Wieckowski said.  “Our state is a leader in environmental protection and I firmly believe that economic growth and environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive goals but rather necessities for a vibrant, sustainable future.”

Wieckowski chaired the ESTM Committee from 2011-2012 in the Assembly.  During his chairmanship, he worked across party lines to eliminate redundant regulations, streamline the handling of pharmaceutical waste to increase compliance and protect water ways, better fund environmental clean-up programs and reduce pollution throughout the state.  He also passed legislation on storage tanks, hazardous waste and alternative and renewable fuels.

“I have a history of reaching out to a broad group of stakeholders to identify solutions and that is a model that I will continue in the Senate,” Wieckowski said.  “When you have clear and sensible oversight it demonstrates that a clean environment and a strong economy go hand in hand.  California must continue to adopt best practices that ensure the public’s safety and the public’s health.

Wieckowski was elected in November to represent the 10th Senate District, covering southern Alameda County and parts of Santa Clara County.  He previously served two terms in the Assembly.