Meet the Newbies: Assemblyman Josh Hoover

CAPITOL WEEKLY PODCAST: With the results of the November election now finalized, 30% of California legislators are newcomers to their offices. Assemblyman Josh Hoover, (R) turned AD7 red, flipping a Sacramento area seat that had voted for Democrat Ken Cooley for four terms. If Hoover is new to the Assembly, he is no stranger to the capitol: he was chief of staff to former Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, who left to take a seat in congress.

We sat down with Hoover to talk about his legislative priorities (one of which is to scale back the renovation of the Capitol Annex, a project spearheaded by his AD 7 predecessor) including his interest in education, and ideas for addressing the homeless crisis. He declined to join us for this week’s Who Had the Worst Week in California Politics, but you can probably guess who we chose.

Show Notes

:36 The capitol annex

5:37 “It’s hard for me to give up tradition”

7:04 Making a difference in an overwhelmingly Democratic legislative body

8:17 Is Kevin McCarthy the next Speaker?

11:46 Education

14:53 The Homeless Crisis

19:11 Housing and local control

22:05 Gas prices, and the end of the internal combustion engine?

25:07 #WWCA

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