SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Former lawmaker Abel Maldonado has been sworn in as California’s lieutenant governor, becoming the only Hispanic in statewide office.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger swore in the former state senator during a ceremony in the Capitol on Tuesday, as Maldonado’s father held the Bible.
The Republican from Santa Maria, the son of Mexican immigrants, called his confirmation an amazing story and recalled picking strawberries by his mother’s side 30 years ago.
Maldonado, who is 42, will fill in for Schwarzenegger when the governor is out of state.
The post has been vacant since November, when Democrat John Garamendi was elected to Congress.