December 1st was not your average day for Tulare County’s new Assembly member, Devon Mathis. That morning he was in Sacramento getting ready for the swearing-in ceremony when he received news that his wife was in labor. Members of the California Senate and the California Assembly took the oath of office on Monday at noon, and Assemblyman-elect Mathis rushed back to Fresno to be with his wife and newborn twins, a boy and a girl.
Mom, Dad and their new baby girl were resting at Fresno Regional Hospital while the baby boy was getting some special attention at Valley Childrens’ Hospital.
Mathis recently beat out Rudy Mendoza for California State Assembly District 26. He was among the 80 members of the Assembly who were sworn-in to office during ceremonies at the Capitol, and was one of 27 in the freshman class. December 1st marked the first day of the state legislature’s 2015-2016 session.