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Assembly Speaker John A. Perez has selected Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) to Chair the Assembly Select Committee on Regional Approaches to Addressing the State's Water Crisis and the Select Committee on Workforce and Vocational Development in California.

In Sacramento Monday, former Bakersfield Councilman Rudy Salas became Assemblyman Salas when he was sworn to the state Assembly seat he won in November.

Salas, a Democrat, officially stepped down from the Bakersfield City Council a day earlier. He was elected to that office in 2010 and served half his term before winning the 32nd Assembly District seat in a closely watched race against former Delano City Councilman Pedro Rios, a Republican. The 32nd District covers a northwest section of Kern County and all of Kings County.

Salas was named to two Select Committees in the state body on Monday as well. Assembly Speaker John A. Perez chose him to serve as the chairman of the Assembly Select Committee on Regional Approaches to Addressing the State's Water Crisis and the Select Committee on Workforce and Vocational Development in California.

The first committee will focus on local water conservation projects, water storage, drinking water delivery systems and water shortages. The workforce committee will look at the challenges of preparing people to be part of a skilled workforce.