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Line of Succession for California Constitutional Officers - 2021
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GovernorElected Officeholder
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GovernorGavin NewsomLieutenant GovernorLieutenant Governor Succeeds [Constitution; Art. V, Sect. 10]
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Lieutenant Governor
Eleni KounalakisEleni Kounalakis
Senate President Pro Tem
Chief Deputies [in Acting Capacity] (Govt Code 1775)
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Senate President pro Tempore
Toni G. AtkinsToni G. AtkinsToni G. AtkinsAssembly SpeakerLine of Succession [Govt. Code 12058]
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Assembly Speaker
Anthony RendonGovernor AppointsPatricia C. Bates²Anthony RendonSecretary of StateFilled by Governor's Appointment [Constition; Art. V, Sect. 5)
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Secretary of State
Dr. Shirley N. WeberMatthew Dumlao¹Kevin Mullin
Dr. Shirley N. Weber
Attorney GeneralDisaster Acting Governors [Gov. Code 12061-12063]
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Attorney General
Rob Bonta1) Thelma EatonGovernor AppointsRob BontaTreasurerDisaster Acting Constitutionals [Govt. Code 12700-12702]
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TreasurerFiona Ma2) Barry BinderLisa Martin³Governor AppointsFiona MaControllerVacancy Filled by Senate Rules Vice Chair [Senate Rule 7]
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ControllerBetty Yee3) Margaret Castro1) Died 2000
Matthew Rodriquez
Governor AppointsBetty YeeSuperintendent of Public InstructionVacancy Filled by Vice Chair / Speaker Pro Tem
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Superintendent of Public Instruction
Tony Thurmond4) Died 19952) John Fong1) David Stirling
Genevieve Jopanda
Governor AppointsTony ThurmondInsurance Commissioner
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Insurance Commissioner
Ricardo Lara5) Died 19983) Died 2000
2) George Williamson
1) Steve Coony
Karen Greene Ross⁶
Governor AppointsRicardo LaraBoard of Equalization
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State Board of Equalization
Antonio Vazquez (Chair)
6) Helen Kawagoe4) Died 20103) Robert Mukai2) Katie Carroll1) Bill Bagley
Dr. Stephanie Gregson
Governor AppointsAntonio Vazquez (Chair)
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Disaster Acting Governor #1
Carlyle Reed (d. 1999)7) William M. Robertson5) Not assigned.
4) Roderick Walston
3) Bettina Redway2) Died 2009
Catalina Hayes-Bautista
Mike Schaefer (Vice Chair)
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Disaster Acting Governor #2
Victor Lundy (d. 1993)Last Updated 19766) Not assigned.5) Thomas Gerde4) Patricia Wynne3) Died 2006
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Disaster Acting Governor #3
R. Gwin Follis (d. 1995)7) Not assigned.6) Not assigned.
5) Daniel W. Dowell
4) Died 2001
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Disaster Acting Governor #4
Robert L. Vickers (d. 2011)Last Updated 19827) Not assigned.6) Not assigned.5) Frank Murphy Jr.SBOE 1SBOE 2SBOE 3SBOE 4
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Disaster Acting Governor #5
Virgil Pinkley (d. 1992)Last Updated 19917) Not assigned.6) Died 2019Ted GainesMalia CohenAntonio VazquezMike Schaefer
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Disaster Acting Governor #6
Earl Smittcamp (d. 2014)Last Updated 20097) Died 1981
Governor Appoints
Governor Appoints
Governor Appoints
Governor Appoints
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Disaster Acting Governor #7
A. W. Bramwell (d. 1977)Last Updated 1971Matt CoxRegina Evans¹⁰Kari Hammond¹¹Gary Gartner¹²
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Last Updated 1967
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Last Updated 4/23/2021