Welcome to the first edition of my eNewsletter for 2017. I am particularly honored to have been elected to serve as Chairwoman of the Board of Supervisors this year, the first time in Sonoma County’s 167 year history that we have had a majority of women governing the Board. I look forward to a day when officeholders better reflect the demographics of the constituents we represent.
With regard to women in office, in 2017 104 women serve in the U.S. Congress. Twenty-one women serve in the Senate and 83 women in the House. The number of women in statewide elective executive posts is 75, and the proportion of women in state legislatures is 24.8 percent. For more in-depth information I recommend a look at the Center for American Women and Politics, a project of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.
In this edition of my newsletter I share an update on the Year of the Senior, as well as other highlights from the State of the County address I delivered on January 12.