Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin named Chair of the Assembly Veterans Committee

Thursday, January 17, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D – Thousand Oaks) has been re-appointed as Chair of the California Assembly Veterans Committee for a third term. Assemblymember Irwin has served as the Chair since first getting elected to the Assembly in 2014. With thousands of veterans in Ventura County, Assemblymember Irwin plays a critical role in helping those veterans receive key resources they need.

“I’m incredibly honored to continue my service to California’s veterans,” said Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin. “Over the past four years we’ve worked on a number of initiatives to improve the lives of our veterans. I’m grateful Speaker Rendon has seen the work of our committee and has appointed me to continue on as the chair.”

Since 2014, the Assembly Veterans Committee has focused on several areas to improve the lives of veterans. This includes passing legislation that increased funding for Veterans Resource Offices, de-criminalized attempted suicide in the California National Guard, strengthened the protection of military members against financial exploitation, launched a detailed study of the effectiveness and quality of services at CalVet’s Veterans Homes, expanded access to mental healthcare for veterans in need, and ensured a housing bond that included $1 billion to renew a long-running and successful program that provides low-cost home loans to California veterans.

The primary jurisdiction of the Veterans Affairs Committee is the California Department of Veterans Affairs, which includes the Farm and Home Loan Program and the eight veterans’ homes, serving veterans from Redding to Chula Vista; and the California Military Department, which includes the National Guard and State Military Reserve.

Assemblymember Irwin has also been appointed to serve on the Agriculture, the Business and Professions, the Higher Education and the Privacy and Consumer Protection Committees.