SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California State Assemblymember Ash Kalra has been named Chair of the Assembly Committee on Aging & Long-Term Care by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. It is relatively rare for a newly elected Assemblymember to be appointed as Chair and Kalra is one of only four newly elected legislators in the Assembly to be appointed Chair of a Standing Committee and one of only two who have never previously served in the Assembly to be appointed as a Committee Chair.

Calif. Assemblymember Ash Kalra

The Committee’s primary focus includes agencies on aging consisting of: California Department of Aging, long-term supports and services, Older Americans Act, Older Californians Act, senior citizen advocacy activities, the California Senior Legislature, services for seniors in residential and day settings and the California Commission on Aging.

“I am truly grateful to the Speaker for naming me as Chair of the Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care. Now, it is more important than ever for those of us in leadership in California to protect our seniors and ensure they continue to have ever-increasing access to quality healthcare and long-term care by protecting Social Security and Medicare while expanding additional programs for continuing care,” stated Assemblymember Kalra.

“I look forward to being a strong advocate for the aging and ensure our Committee is effectively positioned to protect the interests of California seniors,” he concluded.