In the Media

December 19, 2018

As it grew dark on Election Day, Melissa Hurtado flipped on a flashlight and continued to knock on doors. The polls would close at 8 p.m., meaning she still had a few hours left to change a few more minds.

But the 30-year-old Sanger city councilwoman soon found she didn’t have to do much convincing as she asked for her neighbors’ vote in California’s 14th Senate District.

December 8, 2018
Monday, representatives for State Assembly and Senate were sworn in at the capital, including reelected Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) and newly-elected state Senator Melissa Hurtado.
Hurtado (D-Sanger) was accompanied by her family as she was sworn in as state senator of the 14th Senate District. She was joined by newly elected members of the California Legislature at the State Capitol to take their oaths.
December 4, 2018

California's legislative session began Monday with a mix of pomp and circumstance and sweeping declarations from Democrats about the policies they'll pursue, from tackling climate change to ending childhood poverty.

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon also promised to keep up the fight against President Donald Trump, an effective foil that allowed Democrats to gain historic margins in both the Senate and Assembly in November.

December 3, 2018

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Democrats and Republicans put the campaigns behind them, as both members of the Assembly and State Senate were sworn in. They all pledged to work together but its clear the Democrats will be in charge.

Among the new state senators sworn in were four from the Central Valley.

Melissa Hurtado, the 30-year old former Sanger City Council member, scored an upset victory over the Republican incumbent.

"I'm feeling excited but above all I'm full of energy and ready to work," Hurtado said.

December 3, 2018

As California continues to count ballots, newcomers are making their way to the Capitol today for a new session. A few members are expected to introduce bills, but Monday will largely consist of procedural activities.

The 2019-2020 session convenes at noon. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will administer the oath office for the Assembly, while state Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye will handle the Senate.