FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — California lawmakers have begun the new legislative session with crushing Democratic supermajorities in both chambers, along with Democrats’ sweep of all statewide offices.
The party benefited from changing demographics and attitudes toward President Trump, to overachieve in last month’s election by historic margins.
They won even in areas long supportive of Republicans, such as Orange County and the Central Valley.
Democrats now have 29 of the 40 senate seats, and hold a three-quarters majority in the 80-member assembly.
California’s legislative historian calls the democratic margins unprecedented in the modern era.