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Senator Martha M. Escutia (Ret.)
Senator Escutia (Retired) is a former member of the California State Assembly and State Senate and is a co-founding member of The Senators (Ret.) Firm, LLP. Her law and consulting practice focuses on government and regulatory matters, with a particular emphasis on telecommunications, education /instructional materials and health-related issues.
Senator Escutia was first elected to the California Legislature in 1992. In 1998 she was elected to the California Senate. In 2000 she was the first Latina appointed as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. As an Assemblywoman, Escutia was the first woman to chair the Assembly Judiciary Committee. During her final two years in the State Legislature, she became the first woman Chair of the 27 member strong California Latino Legislative Caucus and Chair of the Senate Energy, Commerce and Telecommunications Committee.
Senator Escutia's varied accomplishments are highlighted by landmark legislation protecting health and the environment, establishing the strongest school food nutrition and beverage standards in the nation, improving opportunities for education, and protecting the rights of consumers and workers. She established the first-ever, Children’s Environmental Health Protection Act of 1999 to ensure that California’s children are protected from unhealthy levels of air contaminants. Her environmental protection legislation addressed issues such as hazardous liquid pipelines and the state's ever-increasing waste tires.