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Today's Events: 12/19/2014

2015-16 Legislative Session

The Senate will convene for floor session on Monday, January 5, 2015 at 2pm.

Message from the Senate President pro Tem

Photo of Senate President pro Tem Kevin de LeónThank you for visiting the California Senate’s website. An engaged citizenry is the bedrock of a thriving democracy. To facilitate that participation, we hope you’ll visit our new live-streaming option where for the first time you can view virtually all hearings within the Capitol from your own computer, tablet or smart phone. We recognize not everyone can get to Sacramento to participate in the legislative process, so we'll bring those hearings to you.

Kevin de León
Senate President pro Tempore

Photos of the Week

  • In the shadow of the Capitol Christmas tree, a crowd gathers to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah. Also known as the Festival of Lights, the Jewish holiday begins at sundown on Dec. 16 and ends the evening of Dec. 24
  • The Capitol Christmas tree as seen from the 2nd floor Rotunda

  • School children perform during the Capitol's Holiday Music Program.

  • The Historic Governor's Main Office served as headquarters for key members of the Governor's staff from 1869 to 1951. The room has been restored to appear as it would have in 1906, when A. B. Nye and J. Arthur Elston served under Governor George Pardee and occupied this office.

  • The Capitol Holiday Music program featured Forest Lake Christian High School Choir on Tuesday, December 2, 2014


  • The John Adams Academy Vocal Ensemble performs in the Capitol Rotunda on December 15, 2014

  • The Capitol Christmas tree arrived on November 4, 2014.  It is a White Fir from the Latour State Forest near Redding.  The tree stands 53 feet tall and will be on display at the Capitol until the end of December.

  • The Capitol rotunda's Christmas tree

  • Poinsettias adorn the Queen Isabella statue in the Capitol Rotunda

  • The official portrait of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is hung on the third floor of the Capitol by Department of General Services employees, and supervised by the Capitol Curator.

  • The Pledge of Allegiance is recited at the start of the 2015-2016 Regular Session of the California Senate, December 1, 2014.

  • The Mariachi Divas perform the National Anthem, with a color guard provided by C.K. McClatchy High School Junior ROTC Unit CA-841 at the opening of the 2015-2016 Senate session.

  • California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye is escorted through the Senate Chamber by Senators Jackson, Lara, Gaines and Galgiani

  • Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye administers the Oath of Office to newly elected and re-elected Senators. From far left: Senators Vidak, Anderson, Hueso, Berryhill, Nielsen, Fuller, Cannella, Nguyen, Bates, De León, Hernandez and Hertzberg

  • Senators Bates, De León, Hernandez, Hertzberg, Wieckowski and Allen take the Oath of Office during the opening of the 2015-2016 Senate session

  • Pledging to uphold the duties of the California Senate, newly elected Senators take the Oath of Office. From left: Senators Pan, McGuire, Mendoza, Leyva, Stone, and Mitchell.

  • Columbus as a Young Boy, circa 1894. Sculptors: Professor Antonio Garella and B. Bazzanti. Statue on loan, courtesy of the California Capitol Historic Preservation Society

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