“Congratulations to Senator Mike McGuire on his election as the next Senate President Pro Tempore. Even before both of us were in leadership, Mike and I had a long and positive history of working together to better California. I deeply appreciate his respect for differing viewpoints. He has shown a willingness to work in a bipartisan manner and we are excited to continue this cooperation.
“I also want to thank Pro Tem Atkins for her service to the state of California. It has been an honor to serve alongside a fellow San Diegan and lead the Senate together. Pro Tem Atkins was presented with especially unique challenges, but she rose to the occasion multiple times. We thank her for her partnership over the years.
“As the loyal opposition, California Senate Republicans will continue to voice our concerns about any measures that threaten to drag our state backward and we remain committed to working with the new Pro Tem on real solutions to help fix California.”