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Speculation grows over Speaker John A. Pérez as Obama Cabinet pick

Speculation is growing throughout California and Washington, D.C. that President Barack Obama will name gay Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) as the next labor secretary.

The news hit last week that Pérez is on the short list for the appointment in an Associated Press report February 5. If chosen Pérez would become the first out person named to a cabinet level post in a presidential administration.

His departure from Sacramento would also set off a scramble for his successor in the powerful legislative post Pérez has held since March 1, 2010. He is the first out person to be Assembly speaker in California and one of the few LGBT legislators nationally to serve in the top leadership post of their respective legislative chambers.

Among the lawmakers mentioned as likely speaker candidates is lesbian Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), who in December became the majority floor leader. A onetime acting mayor of San Diego, Atkins was re-elected to a second term in November and potentially has four more years left in the Assembly under term limits.

Read the full story in The Bay Area Reporter HERE.