SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Schwarzenegger yesterday issued the following statement regarding the election of Assemblymember John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) as speaker of the Assembly and thanked Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) for her service:

“Assemblymember John Pérez is an outstanding public servant to the Californians in his district and I congratulate him on his election as the next speaker of the California State Assembly. This is a historic day in our state’s representative democracy and I look forward to working with the Assemblymember in his new role, as well as the entire Assembly, in a bipartisan manner to rebuild our economy and address the critical issues facing our state.

“Speaker Karen Bass has been a tremendous leader. She and I have worked together to navigate our state through the worst economic recession in recent history and I extend my sincere gratitude to her for her service and dedication to improving the lives of all Californians.”