Cathleen Galgiani

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Cathleen Galgiani
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Member of the California State Senate
from the 5th district
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Preceded by new district
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 17th district
In office
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2012
Preceded by Barbara S. Matthews
Succeeded by Tom Ammiano
Personal details
Born (1964-01-04) January 4, 1964 (age 52)
Stockton, California
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Residence Stockton, California
Alma mater Sacramento State University
Profession Physical therapy aide

Cathleen Galgiani (born January 4, 1964) is an American politician who currently serves in the California State Senate. A Democrat, she was elected to the state senate in the 5th district, having narrowly defeated Republican Bill Berryhill on November 6, 2012.[1]

Prior to her own election to the Assembly, Galgiani served as the chief of staff to her predecessor, Barbara Matthews. She served as the consultant to the legislative committee on the development of University of California, Merced. She helped secure funding and support for U.C. Merced to ensure that the university continues to grow as the tenth campus in the University of California system. Galgiani has also worked for Pat Johnston and John Garamendi. Prior to working in the Legislature, Galgiani spent eight years as a physical therapy aide at San Joaquin General Hospital and Dameron Hospital in San Joaquin County.

Galgiani attended San Joaquin Delta College before receiving her Bachelor's degree from California State University, Sacramento. She lives in Livingston, California.

On November 1, 2011, in an interview with the Stockton Record, Galgiani publicly disclosed that she is gay.[2] In so doing, she became the eighth openly LGBT currently-serving member of the California Legislature,[3] alongside Speaker John Pérez (D–Los Angeles), Assemblymembers Tom Ammiano (D–San Francisco), Susan Eggman (D–Stockton), Rich Gordon (D–Menlo Park) and Toni Atkins (D–San Diego), as well as Senators Ricardo Lara (D–Bell Gardens) and Mark Leno (D–San Francisco).


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