- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on the new speaker of the California Assembly (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

The California Legislature is entering a new era as a new Assembly speaker is sworn in who could hold office longer than any since the 1990s.

Democratic Speaker Anthony Rendon of Paramount took the oath of office Monday. Under extended term limits, he could hold office until 2024.

The 48-year-old takes over as the Legislature heads into budget negotiations with Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

Rendon says he wants to focus on helping California’s poor, increasing voter participation and encouraging more rigorous oversight of state government. He said Monday that he will not author any bills this year.

Before running for office, Rendon taught political science, directed a Head Start program and led the California League of Conservation Voters.

Rendon succeeds Democratic Speaker Toni Atkins of San Diego, who is term-limited this year.

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12 a.m.

A Democrat who was selected six months ago by his peers to lead the California Assembly is moving to his new role this week.

Assemblyman Anthony Rendon of Paramount will be sworn in as the state’s 70th speaker Monday. He will lead a chamber of 51 Democrats and 28 Republicans.

Rendon was integral in negotiating a $7.5 billion water bond that voters passed in 2014. The former Head Start leader is also known for his push for prekindergarten funding and environmental stances.

He was elected under extended term limits that allow a member to serve in one chamber for up to 12 years. That could allow him to become the longest-serving speaker in decades.

Rendon succeeds Democratic Speaker Toni Atkins of San Diego whose Assembly term ends this year.

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This story corrects the residence of Speaker Anthony Rendon from Lakewood to Paramount.

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