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State Sen. Romero Takes Oath of Office

March 13, 2001|From a Times Staff Writer

SACRAMENTO — Assemblywoman Gloria Romero (D-Los Angeles) took the oath of office Monday as a state senator, succeeding Democrat Hilda Solis of La Puente, who was elected to Congress in November.

Romero defeated former Assemblyman Martin Gallegos (D-Baldwin Hills) in a special election last week and will fill the remainder of Solis' term, which expires next year.

Romero's win restored the margin of Democrats over Republicans in the Senate to 26 to 14, one short of a two-thirds majority. Romero is also the Senate's 10th woman in a chamber of 30 men.

Sworn in by President Pro Tem John L. Burton (D-San Francisco), Romero greeted a Senate gallery packed with friends, family members and political supporters, including representatives of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and the United Farms Workers Union.

"I will not forget where I come from," Romero said.

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