Toni Atkins is president pro-tempore of the California State Senate, where she represents the 39th District. She is the first woman and the first openly LGBTQ person to lead the State Senate.
Prior to her election to her current role, Atkins served as a state assemblywoman – and, before that, as a city councilor and interim mayor in San Diego.
She was the first LGBTQ woman to be Speaker of the California State Assembly.
In 2016, Atkins was elected to represent the 39th District in the state Senate and was appointed to the prestigious Rules Committee, in addition to the committees on Transportation and Housing, Health, Labor and Industrial Relations, and Natural Resources and Water. Among the bills she got passed and signed was SB2, which created a permanent source of funding for affordable housing, a signature piece of legislation she had worked on for seven years.
Throughout her career, Atkins has been a champion for affordable housing, the natural environment, healthcare, veterans, women, and the LGBTQ community. She lives in San Diego with her spouse, Jennifer, and their dog, Joey.