Signifying his early force in the race to fill Congressman George Miller’s soon to-be vacated 11th Congressional district seat, today State Senator Mark DeSaulnier raked-in a substantial statewide endorsement from California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.
Elected statewide as Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2010, Tom Torlakson oversees California’s Department of Education. Prior to his election as Superintendent, Torlakson served in the State Assembly and State Senate representing Contra Costa County.
“Rep. George Miller’s 40 years of dedicated public service set a high standard, and his achievements for working families represent a tremendous legacy for our nation and our state. I’m convinced that Mark DeSaulnier is by far the best candidate to carry on his work,” Superintendent Torlakson said. “Mark knows this district intimately, and will bring to the job more than 20 years of experience working on local and state issues ranging from education to job creation, healthcare access to energy production, infrastructure improvements to protecting working people and much more. He has my full support.”
“Tom Torlakson is one of California’s most widely respected leaders,” said Senator DeSaulnier. “He’s a champion for schools, students, teachers, and California families, and I’m sincerely thankful for his support. Tom’s endorsement sends a strong signal that I’ll be a fierce fighter for California’s schools and our kids in Washington.”
Currently, DeSaulnier represents California’s 7th State Senate district, which covers 70% of California’s 11th Congressional district. Previously DeSaulnier served Contra Costa County as a State Assemblyman, County Supervisor, and Concord City Councilman.