Andreas Borgeas

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Andreas Borgeas
Andreas Borgeas On Senate Floor.jpg
Member of the California State Senate
from the 8th district
Assumed office
December 3, 2018
Preceded byTom Berryhill
Member of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors from the 2nd District
In office
January 2013 – December 2018
Succeeded bySteve Brandau
Member of the Fresno City Council from the 2nd District
In office
November 2008 – January 2013
Succeeded bySteve Brandau
Personal details
BornArizona, US
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceFresno, California
Alma materNorthern Arizona University
Harvard University
Georgetown University (JD) Panteion University (PhD)
ProfessionInternational Law Professor
Websiteborgeas.cssrc.us

Andreas Borgeas is an American politician in the California State Senate. He is a Republican representing the 8th district, encompassing parts of the Central Valley and the Sierra Nevada. Prior to being elected to the state senate, he was a Fresno County supervisor.

He represents all or portions of Amador, Calaveras, Fresno, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Sacramento, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Tuolumne Counties.[1] Borgeas, a Republican, has often been described as an "effective" and "solutions-oriented" representative, earning chairmanships and passing legislation in a state heavily controlled by Democrats.[2]

Education[edit]

Borgeas earned a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law School and a Ph.D. in International Affairs from Panteion University.[1][3] He conducted his PhD field research in, and published extensively on, China and the neighboring Central Asian Republics.[4]

Career[edit]

Academic and Legal Career[edit]

Borgeas conducted his PhD field research in, and published extensively on, China and the neighboring Central Asian Republics, receiving his graduate education at Georgetown Law School, Harvard University and Panteion University of Political Sciences. After graduating, Borgeas was a law clerk for Judge Oliver Wanger of the U.S. District Court of Eastern California. Borgeas then practiced law at Luce Forward.[1][3] For over a decade he has been a professor in the fields of international law and security affairs at the San Joaquin College of Law in Clovis, and is an adjunct professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey.[4]

As an educator, he has worked in numerous international professional and academic capacities; including, as a Fulbright Scholar, Contributing Fellow for the Woodrow Wilson Center, Policy Specialist Fellow at the US Embassy in Kazakhstan[5] and was appointed by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy as Commissioner on the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.[6]

Politics[edit]

In 2008, Borgeas started his political career by running successfully for the Fresno City Council. California.[1][3]

In 2012, Borgeas was elected to the Fresno County Board of Supervisors.[1][7]

In November 2018, Borgeas won the election and became a Republican member of California State Senate for District 8. Borgeas defeated Democrat Paulina Miranda with 59.6% of the votes.[1][3]

White House Visit[edit]

In October 2019, Borgeas was invited by President Donald J. Trump to witness the signing of two executive orders at the White House. The orders require government agencies to publish guidance documents online and require the government to inform citizens about cases brought against them, and respond to their arguments.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Borgeas' wife is Anna. They have two sons. Borgeas and his family live in Fresno, California.[3][7] Borgeas has said growing up in Phoenix, Arizona helped shape his political views at an early age.[9]

Borgeas is known to be heavily involved in Fresno's Greek and Armenian communities. He is also known for his involvement with the Fresno Greek Fest[10] and as an advocate for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide.[11]

Political Views[edit]

Bipartisanship[edit]

Borgeas has been lauded for his bipartisan leadership when it comes to addressing regional issues on numerous occasions. The Fresno Bee has acknowledged Borgeas' objective and deft handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.[12] Borgeas also successfully spearheaded, with his Democratic colleague state Senator Anna Caballero, a bipartisan effort to deliver $2.6 billion to small businesses impacted by COVID-19.[13]

Borgeas has been praised by the Modesto Bee,[14] The Fresno Bee,[15] and The Sacramento Bee[16] for being one of the few Republicans to condemn the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol. The Sacramento Bee noted: "...state Sen. Andreas Borgeas, R-Fresno, who is apparently the only one of California’s nine Republican state senators willing to directly say the truth."[17]

CEQA Reform[edit]

Borgeas has been a staunch advocate for California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) reform. In an op-ed Borgeas stated "...CEQA has morphed into a legal weapon for lawyers and activist groups to stall essential projects..."[18] and narrowly passed Senate Bill 659 through the Senate Judiciary Committee.[19]

Assembly Bill 5[edit]

Borgeas has been a fierce opponent of Assembly Bill 5 passed by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez in 2019. In a tweet, Borgeas claimed AB 5 "...limit[s] an individual's ability for flexible employment and destroys entire industries across California. Independent contractors and small businesses are the backbone of a thriving California economy."[20] He organized a town hall at Clovis Community College to discuss the bill's impact on freelancers and independent contractors.[21]

Water[edit]

Borgeas has advocated for state and federal support to improve the Friant-Kern Canal, which is critical for water delivery to the agricultural industry in the San Joaquin Valley. Senate Bill 559 introduced by state Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) would have allocated $400 million in state funding to make necessary repairs to the canal as a result of subsidence from groundwater overdraft.[22]

Borgeas has also vocalized support for the federal government's plan to increase water deliveries to California farmers. During President Donald J. Trump's visit to the San Joaquin Valley in February 2020, Borgeas stated,"The ball is now in Governor Newsom’s court to provide clean, reliable and ample water supplies to Valley farmers and communities. The state must ensure that infrastructure and storage are a top priority. It’s simple: no water, no farms, and no food.”[23]

Taxes and the Economy[edit]

Borgeas has received high marks from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association[24] and the California Chamber of Commerce.[25]

Key Legislation[edit]

Keep California Working Act[edit]

In December 2020, Borgeas and Anna Caballero jointly introduced Senate Bill 74, otherwise known as the Keep California Working Act, which would invest $2.6 billion of California's unanticipated revenues in grants for small businesses and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. [26] Despite being a member of the super-minority Republican Party, Borgeas worked the a hallways of Sacramento to attract co-sponsorship from over 60 legislators and 80 statewide associations.[27] Senate Bill 74 was eventually adopted as part of the Democrat-backed Senate Bill 87, which was signed into law.[28]

Inyo Adventure Trails[edit]

In 2019 Governor Gavin Newsom signed Borgeas' Senate Bill 402 allowing the Adventure Trails system in Inyo County to remain in operation and provide the community access to trails. The bill had support from the Inyo County Board of Supervisors, the Off Road Legislative Association, and the Rural County Representatives of California.[29]

CEQA Reform[edit]

As an advocate for CEQA reform, Borgeas introduced SB 659 (2019). SB 659 would have allowed courts to award attorney's fees to a prevailing party in CEQA lawsuits if they found that the losing party engaged in bad faith tactics that employed to unreasonably delay a project. The bill was limited to awarding attorney's fees for CEQA suits specifically concerning infill housing projects.[30] In a narrow 5–4 vote, the bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee earning the support of several Democrat lawmakers.[30] Ultimately, the bill was killed in the Senate Rules Committee and the bill's Democrat supporters were removed from the committee.[31]

Committees[edit]

As a member of the California State Senate, Borgeas serves on a number of committees. He is the Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and Vice-Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, with other committee assignments including Governmental Organization; Insurance; Natural Resources and Water; Energy, Utilities and Communications; Joint Legislative Audit; Pandemic Emergency Response; Growing Impact of Artificial Intelligence in California; California, Armenia & Artsakh Mutual Trade, Art & Cultural Exchange; Preparing California's Future Workforce; California's Wine Industry; and Governor's 2019 Report: “Wildfires and Climate Change – California’s Energy Future.”[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Senator Andreas Borgeas". cssrc.us. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  2. ^ Edinger, Marie (15 December 2020). "State Senator Andreas Borgeas named Chairman of Agriculture Committee". KMPH.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Andrea's Borgeas' Biography". Vote Smart. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Biography". Senator Andreas Borgeas. 9 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Biography". Senator Andreas Borgeas.
  6. ^ "Andreas Borgeas, PhD U.S.- CHINA | ECONOMIC and SECURITY REVIEW COMMISSION". www.uscc.gov.
  7. ^ a b "A Fresnan Will Represent District 8 in State Senate. Who Will It Be?". gvwire.com. September 10, 2018. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  8. ^ Taub, David (11 October 2019). "Borgeas Goes to White House. Talks About Trump Meeting". GV Wire. Granville Homes.
  9. ^ Taub, David (10 September 2018). "A Fresnan Will Represent District 8 in State Senate. Who Will It Be?". GV Wire. Granville Homes.
  10. ^ Warszawski, Marek. "It took me 20 years to attend the Fresno Greek Fest. Don't make the same mistake". The Fresno Bee. McClatchy.
  11. ^ McEwen, Bill (30 October 2019). "House Recognizes Armenian Genocide in Rebuke to Turkey". GV Wire. Granville Homes.
  12. ^ Warszawski, Marek. "Coronavirus crisis separates real leaders among Fresno politicians from the phonies". The Fresno Bee. McClatchy.
  13. ^ Gligich, Daniel (16 February 2021). "Backed by half of Calif. legislature, Borgeas' business relief plan picks up statewide support". The San Joaquin Valley Sun.
  14. ^ Stapley, Garth. "Capitol riot, local COVID vaccinations put good, questionable leadership on display". The Modesto Bee.
  15. ^ Miller, Thaddeus. "'It must end immediately.' Fresno-area, Valley leaders react as mob storms U.S. Capitol". The Fresno Bee.
  16. ^ "These fascist Republican Party leaders have deep roots in California's state Capitol". The Sacramento Bee. |first1= missing |last1= (help)
  17. ^ "These fascist Republican Party leaders have deep roots in California's state Capitol". The Sacramento Bee. |first1= missing |last1= (help)
  18. ^ Borgeas, Andreas. "Legislation Is More Effective Than Litigation". mymotherlode.com. mymotherlode.com.
  19. ^ Regele, Adam (2 May 2019). "Job Creator Housing Bill Narrowly Passes Senate Committee". Advocacy - California Chamber of Commerce.
  20. ^ Catherine, Thorbecke. "How California's decision to recognize ride-share drivers as employees affects the gig economy". ABC News.
  21. ^ Zamora, Eric. "Watch a Fresno panel discussing AB 5's negatives for the job market". The Fresno Bee. McClatchy.
  22. ^ "FEDS TO TACKLE FRIANT-KERN CANAL SUBSIDENCE". The Business Journal. The Business Journal.
  23. ^ George, Carmen. "What did Trump sign in Bakersfield? What we know about why he came to the Valley". The Fresno Bee. McClatchy.
  24. ^ "Legislative Report Cards". Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.
  25. ^ "Legislator Vote Record". Advocacy - California Chamber of Commerce.
  26. ^ Borgeas, Andreas. "SB-74 Keep California Working Act". California Legislative Information. State of California.
  27. ^ "Backed by half of Calif. legislature, Borgeas' business relief plan picks up statewide support". The San Joaquin Valley Sun. Valley Future Foundation. 16 February 2021. |first1= missing |last1= (help)
  28. ^ "Governor and Democrats join Senate Republicans to 'Keep California Working'". Orange County Breeze. 23 February 2021.
  29. ^ "Senator Borgeas' First Bill Signed by Governor Newsom". Senator Andreas Borgeas. 3 September 2019.
  30. ^ a b Tavlian, Alex (30 April 2019). "Senate panel advances Borgeas CEQA reform bill". The San Joaquin Valley Sun. Valley Future Foundation.
  31. ^ "Welcome to the Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary". senate.ca.gov. California State Senate.

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