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Former San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney sworn in to State Assembly

Former San Francisco District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney was sworn in Tuesday as one of the newest members of the California State Assembly.

Haney won the April 19 special election in a contentious race against former Supervisor David Campos for the assembly seat that represents District 17, which includes the eastern portion of The City. Haney won with 62 percent of the votes, according to the Department of Elections.

He replaces former Assemblymember David Chiu, who was tapped by Mayor London Breed to serve as San Francisco’s city attorney.

At the swearing-in ceremony led by Speaker Anthony Rendon, Haney said:

“This is a chamber that works on and has done tremendous things on some of the biggest challenges that we’re facing here as a state. I’m just honored you join you all in that work.”

Haney added that he joins fellow legislators at a critical time, citing the leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision on women’s reproductive rights. 

He said:

“Reproductive health, reproductive freedom, is facing an unprecedented assault at the national level. We can expect that assault will continue on vulnerable people as well. I want to make it clear as I take office today, I will be in that fight with you all.”

Haney’s campaign is far from over as he will need to run in the June 7 state primary and Nov. 7 general election in order to retain his seat.

The mayor has not yet announced who she will appoint to replace Haney on the Board of Supervisors for District 6.

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