California Legislative Black Caucus Statement on Dr. Shirley Weber’s Official Swearing in as California Secretary of State

January 30, 2021

Sacramento — Yesterday, Dr. Shirley N. Weber was officially sworn in by Governor Gavin Newsom as California’s first African American Secretary of State and the fifth African American to serve as a Constitutional officer in the state’s 170-year history.


Dr. Weber leaves behind an incredible legacy as a legislator of the 79th Assembly District in San Diego. Elected to the California State Assembly in 2012, Dr. Weber was often referred to as the "moral conscience of the legislature." As an Assemblymember, Dr. Weber staunchly advocated on social justice, education, criminal justice reform, and equity for people of color.


In her role as Secretary of State, Dr. Weber will continue to be an advocate for civil rights and adamantly defend all eligible voters' that seek to participate in the democratic process. The California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) extends our congratulations and immense gratitude to Secretary of State Dr. Weber for her leadership as our Immediate Past Chair. We look forward to working with her on our shared values advocating on behalf of the African American community.


Diversity in leadership is critical to truly being a California for All. The CLBC remains dedicated to increasing African-American participation and representation in all levels of government.