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New San Francisco Assemblyman Phil Ting quickly joins party leadership

Assemblyman Phil Ting is part of the largest field of new state lawmakers since 1966. But when he was named to one of the Assembly’s top leadership posts on the first day of his term, it was a sign that San Francisco’s outgoing assessor-recorder is determined to stand out in Sacramento.

Ting, the new Democratic Caucus chairman, succeeds termed-out Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, who left office as the Assembly speaker pro tempore. With Ma’s departure, San Francisco’s future clout in the body rides on Ting, who could serve up to 12 years in the Assembly under the state’s revised term limit rules.