New Democrats Form Executive Committee and Name Assemblymember Gray as Convener

Friday, April 28, 2017


For Immediate Release: April 28, 2017
Contact: Megan Belair – (916) 319-2021


New Democrats Form Executive Committee and Name Assemblymember Gray as Convener


SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) and Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) today announced that Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) has been named the convener of the informal caucus of moderate Democrat Assemblymembers known as the New Democrats, effective immediately.


“I am honored to have been selected as convener by my colleagues and look forward to working to find common ground and real solutions to the problems facing our state,” said Assemblymember Gray. “The New Democrats are committed to a pragmatic approach that promotes the interests of hard-working Californians alienated by the extreme partisanship of both the left and the right.”


In addition, the New Democrats today announced the creation of an executive committee that will collaboratively set policy discussion.


"With 37 million residents in California, it takes a collaborative approach from each of our members to tackle the myriad of issues facing Californian families and businesses everyday,” said Assemblymember Salas. “The restructuring of the New Democrats will allow each of our members to utilize their strengths in tackling these issues."


“It has been a privilege to serve as one of the leaders of the New Democrats for nearly two years,” said Assemblymember Jim Cooper. “I’m confident that the new executive committee structure will work collaboratively to build a stronger middle-class and create more good-paying jobs for Californians.”


Originally formed in 1997 by an ad-hoc group of centrist Assembly Democrats, nearly two-dozen Assemblymembers carry on their spirit and traditions today by affiliating with the informal caucus. A series of bi-partisan voter-approved election reforms, including the Top-Two Primary, fair redistricting by a citizen’s commission, and extended term limits have helped grow the ranks of the group in recent years.