Assemblymember Al MuratsuchiSACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On April 2, 2014, during their Annual Capitol Legislative Day, AMVETS recognized Assemblymember Muratsuchi (D – Torrance) as a 2013 California Legislator of the Year. Every year, AMVETS honors legislators who have gone the extra mile to support California’s veterans, service members and their families.

Per a press release sent out by AMVETS, Assemblymember Muratsuchi was honored for hitting the ground running early on in addressing various veterans and military issues and holding numerous informational hearings to discuss such issues.

Lorraine Plass, Chair of the AMVETS State Legislative Committee said, “I am impressed with Assemblyman Muratsuchi’s commitment to our underserved veterans, such as women veterans, who now make up almost 15% of our active, reserve, and National Guard components, as well as homeless veterans.”

The press release also notes that Muratsuchi was selected for co-authoring AB 639, which repurposes funds to provide more affordable housing for homeless veterans and their families, and being a key player in the successful effort to secure increased funding for County Veterans Service Officers.

“It is an honor to have received the 2013 California Legislator of the Year award,” said Muratsuchi. “I am a firm believer that we, as a community, must diligently advocate for the men and women who fought for us by ensuring their well-being and making sure they have adequate resources available to them and their families when they come home.”

Muratsuchi currently serves as a member of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee and the Governor’s Military Council. He and Senator Steve Knight (R – Antelope Valley) were the only two recipients of the 2013 California Legislator of the Year award.Assemblymember Muratsuchi represents the 66th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Gardena, Hermosa Beach, Lomita, the Los Angeles communities of Harbor City and Harbor Gateway, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Torrance and the unincorporated communities of El Camino Village and West Carson.

Please visit the Assemblymember’s website, for more information.