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California’s Indian American Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San José) was appointed chair of the Assembly Committee of Judiciary on November 21 by Speaker Robert Rivas (D-Salinas). The Assembly Committee on Judiciary’s primary jurisdictions include family law, product liability, product liability, tort liability, Civil Code, and Evidence Code, excluding criminal procedure.
Speaking on his appointment, Kalra said, “At a time when California must be vigilant in protecting civil rights, fostering a just legal system, and ensuring everyday consumers are protected, it is an honor to serve as chair of Judiciary Committee. Having served on this committee for the past seven years under Chairs Stone and Maienschein, I am grateful for their leadership and ready to hit the ground running,”
Commenting on the appointment, Speaker Rivas said he is looking forward to working with Kalra. “The justice system is foundational to keeping Californians safe and holding offenders accountable. I’m confident Assemblymember Kalra will fight for the rights of the people who matter most, while ensuring the system itself is just,” Rivas said in a statement.
“I am thankful to Speaker Robert Rivas for his confidence and this opportunity to further serve the people of California,” Kalra, who is the first Indian American to serve in the California Legislature in state history said .
First elected in 2016, Kalra was re-elected for a fourth term in 2022. He also serves as the chair of the Committee on labor and employment and is a member on the housing and community development, judiciary, transportation, and water, parks, and wildlife committees.
He previously served on the San José City Council for eight years. Prior to that, he was a deputy public defender for Santa Clara County for 11 years.