Assembly Speaker Atkins guest Feb. 19 at Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club


The Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club welcomes Toni Atkins, speaker of the California Assembly, at its Feb. 19 meeting. Atkins is the first speaker from San Diego and the first openly LGBT speaker. She represents the 78th Assembly District, a mostly-coastal district stretching from Solana Beach and Del Mar to Imperial Beach and includes Balboa Park and downtown San Diego.

Born into poverty in rural western Virginia, Atkins grew up in a house with no running water. She graduated from a small private college close to home in the Virginia Appalachians and moved to San Diego in 1985.

Atkins served on the staff of San Diego Councilmember Christine Kehoe. When Kehoe was elected to the Assembly, Atkins was elected to Kehoe’s council seat in 2000 and re-elected in 2004. Atkins was elected to the California Assembly in 2010 and re-elected in 2012 and 2014. The redistricting of 2011 brought Solana Beach and Del Mar into her 78th District. She will term out in 2016.

Atkins will speak at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, 1505 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Members: $15; guests: $25. Seating limited. RSVP by Monday, Feb. 16, to Questions: 858-759-2620.