State Sen. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria, smiles as he is sworn-in as the state's 47th Lieutenant Governor by Gov. Arnold Schwarzengger, right, as his wife, Laura, and father, Abel Maldonado, Sr. second from right  look on, at the Capitol in  Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, April 27, 2010.  Maldonado replaces Democrat John Garamendi, who was elected to Congress last fall. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
State Sen. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria, smiles as he is sworn-in as the state's 47th Lieutenant Governor by Gov. Arnold Schwarzengger, right, as his wife, Laura, and father, Abel Maldonado, Sr. second from right look on, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, April 27, 2010. Maldonado replaces Democrat John Garamendi, who was elected to Congress last fall. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) AP
State Sen. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria, smiles as he is sworn-in as the state's 47th Lieutenant Governor by Gov. Arnold Schwarzengger, right, as his wife, Laura, and father, Abel Maldonado, Sr. second from right look on, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, April 27, 2010. Maldonado replaces Democrat John Garamendi, who was elected to Congress last fall. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) AP

Abel Maldonado: Senator from Central Coast is No. 2 in command

April 27, 2010 09:40 PM

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