Chris Holden appointed to state utilities committee

Chris Holden appointed to state utilities committee

Assemblyman Chris Holden was appointed to the California State Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce on Monday, according to his official website. The former Pasadena mayor is now one of the legislators responsible for utilities, tourism and communications.

“I thank [California State Assembly Speaker Anthony] Rendon for selecting me to the Utility and Commerce Committee,” Holden said. “I appreciate his belief that I will add value in helping to set forward-thinking energy policy for California’s future.”

Holden is the second longest-serving councilmember in the Pasadena history, with 24 years of service. He was also mayor of Pasadena from 1997 to 1999. Holden said that responsibility over the Pasadena Water and Power Department provided him with a “strong foundation and understanding of the utility industry.”

Holden was elected to the California State Assembly in 2012 and became Assistant Majority Floor Leader of the Assembly in 2014. Utilities were recently a hot topic in the San Gabriel Valley. Voters in Arcadia decided not to repeal the controversial Utility Users Tax in April. Voters in Sierra Madre went a step further, and increased the tax.

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