Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) today issued the following statement on her decision to retire from public office at the conclusion of her current Senate term in 2014:
“This year marks my twentieth in public office, including ten years in the Legislature. But Sacramento is not my home and politics not how I planned to spend my life. Though I enjoyed my job as a lawmaker, my first love is the administration of justice. I will leave the Legislature next year at the end of my term to return to my private law practice.
“I am immeasurably grateful for the faith, trust and support of our great community and the hard work of my dedicated staff.
“Together, we wrote the nation’s first Homeowner's Bill of Rights, improved our foster care system, protected the coast, kept state parks open, updated regulation of California’s wine industry, preserved CEQA as the cornerstone of California's environmental protection laws, and much more.
“I chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee, working to strengthen consumer and privacy protection and keep our courthouses open in the face of massive budget cuts. I also chaired the Legislative Women’s Caucus, advocating for the interests of women and children.
“When California faced economic meltdown, as Chair of the Budget Committee I prevented the worst of many attempts to shut down public services. After several difficult years, I am confident the state is now moving in the right direction under Governor Brown’s leadership, with a strong Democratic majority in each house.
“As I return to private practice, I will continue to be a strong advocate for progressive values, working families, equal protection and justice for all.
“We have seen California through unprecedented challenges. I hope my efforts over the past two decades have contributed in some small measure to a better future for us all.”
Local reaction to the news indicated Evans' popularity in the region. "Noreen has always been one of those rare leaders who is not only highly principled but also brave enough to always stand up for her principles. She will be missed terribly and I am sorry to see her leave public office. However, the contributions she has made to our region, and to California as a whole, in protecting our environment and our children will continue to serve the greater good for decades to come even after she departs to private life," said Solano County Board of Education member Dana Dean.
There are currently no announced candidates for the Second Senate District seat Evans will vacate.
State Senator Noreen Evans represents the Second Senatorial District, including all or portions of the Counties of Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Marin (caretaker), Napa, Solano and Sonoma. Senator Evans chairs the Senate Committee on Judiciary.