The California State Assembly has formally chosen a new leader. Los Angeles Democrat Anthony Rendon was elected Assembly speaker on Monday. He'll be sworn in come March.
Rendon takes over at a time when moderate Democrats have been flexing their muscles in the Assembly. But Rendon, a more liberal Democrat, says there’s space there for everyone.
“We’ve always been a big-tent party," he says. "We’re inclusive of a lot of folks from a lot of different geographies and a lot of different ideologies. I don’t expect that that will change at all.”
During a speech to the Assembly, Rendon said the work will start right away as lawmakers begin negotiations over the budget.
"I look forward to representing the will of this house throughout the budget process," he said.