- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Democrats in the California Assembly have unanimously elected their next leader after the current speaker tried to stave off a vote until next year.

The Democratic caucus voted Thursday to install Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, a 47-year-old Democrat from Lakewood in Los Angeles County. Rendon, who currently chairs the Assembly’s utilities committee, will take over from Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins next year.

Rendon will be the fifth Latino to serve as speaker. Under new term limits, he could serve until 2024.

Atkins, who is termed out at the end of next year, had asked her colleagues to hold off on voting for her replacement until January. The Legislature is heading into its final week of the legislative session with major proposals on climate change, transportation and health care still pending.

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