California to have 4 governors in just 4 days next week
California, the most populous state of the U. S., will have four governors in four days next week as three different acting governors will take turns to fill the top position after Gov. Jerry Brown will go on a trade mission to Mexico.
Gov. Brown will leave on Sunday to lead a trade mission to Mexico. After he's gone, executive powers will come into the hands of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. But, Mr. Newsom will also leave on Tuesday for a Special Olympics event scheduled to take place on the East Coast.
After Mr. Newsom's departure, executive powers will come into the hands of Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. But, he will also be an acting governor for the state only for a single day, until Wednesday, as he is scheduled to go to Chicago on some personal business.
Before going to Chicago, Senate President Steinberg will hand over the executive powers to Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, who will be in charge for around nine hours until Mr. Brown returns later on Wednesday.
It is going to be the first time that Atkins will be the acting governor of the state, but not the first time that the state will have a woman as acting governor. In 1976, Secretary of State Fong Eu had briefly served the state as acting governor as all of her senior officials had left at the same time.
Thus, the state will see four governors in just four days next week. Like Mr. Brown, all the going-to-be acting governors are Democrats.
The executive powers will go from one official to other as per the succession rules outlined in the state's Constitution.
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