With wife by his side, Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) was sworn in as State Senator today to represent the voters of the 23rd District. Morrell received 63 percent of the vote in special election on Tuesday, March 25.
"It is a privilege and an honor to represent the citizens of the Inland Empire," Morrell said following the brief ceremony in the State Capitol. "I want to thank the voters for their confidence."
"Senator Morrell is a man of principle and integrity. Based on his history of serving the needs of his constituents while he was in the Assembly, I have every confidence he will bring this same level of service to the Senate," said Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar).
Morrell succeeded State Senator Bill Emmerson who resigned from public service in December of 2013. By receiving more than 50 percent of the vote on Election Day, Morrell avoided a run-off.
The 23rd State Senate District covers portions of Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles Counties. The district includes all, or portions of, the following communities: Banning, Beaumont, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Cedar Glen, Calimesa, Cherry Valley, Crestline, Homeland, Hemet, Highland, Lake Arrowhead, Loma Linda, Menifee, Mentone, Nuevo, Phelan, Pinon Hills, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, San Bernardino, San Jacinto, Wrightwood and Yucaipa.
A small business owner for 25 years in the region, Morrell first entered public service in 2010 when he won a seat in the Assembly.
Vowing to represent the hard working families and businesses of the Inland Empire while in Sacramento, Morrell said, "I am grateful for opportunity; I will serve our community."
Senator Mike Morrell, accompanied by his wife Joanie, being sworn in this morning on the floor of the California State Senate by Senate President pro tempore Darrel Steinberg