Todd Gloria
Todd Gloria after his election to the state Assembly in November 2016. Photo by Chris Stone

Former San Diego City Counilmember Todd Gloria was promoted to a new leadership position in the state Assembly Wednesday, becoming majority whip for the Democrats.

As majority whip, Gloria will lead a team of colleagues to push for priority legislation and other issues raised by the Democratic caucus.

Gloria is the second San Diego politician to assume a leadership role in 2018 in the state Legislature. Sen. Toni Atkins is set to become speaker of the state Senate this year.

Gloria’s advancement into Assembly leadership has been rapid. He was named assistant majority whip by Speaker Anthony Rendon just weeks after being elected to his first term in the Assembly in November 2016.

“This is a tremendous honor and I am humbled by the faith Speaker Rendon has placed in me to serve as the Assembly’s majority whip,” said Gloria. “Last year, we achieved the most productive and progressive legislative session in recent memory. Now, it’s time for us to build on that progress and I look forward to being part of the team to make that happen.”

In addition to this new leadership role, Gloria will also serve as a member of the Assembly’s Housing and Community Development Committee.

Gloria represents the 78th District, which stretches along the coast from Imperial Beach to Solana Beach.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.