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Thursday, January 22, 2009


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Governor Names Ex-Lawmakers To State Positions


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has named former Assembly members Greg Aghazarian and Nicole Parra to state positions.

Aghazarian, 44, was named yesterday to the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. The position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $128,109.

The ex-lawmsker represented the 26th District in the state Assembly from 2002-08. Prior to that he operated the Law Offices of Gregory G. Aghazarian for five years, and worked for Stockton attorney David R. LeBeouf from 1993-96.

He earned a law degree from McGeorge School of Law and an undergraduate degree in business administration from USC. Aghazarian is a Republican.

Parra, of Hanford, will direct the the Governor’s Regional Development Initiatives under the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $128,124.

Parra, 38, represented the 30th District in the California State Assembly from 2002-08.

During her tenure, Parra served as chair of the Agriculture Committee and on the Banking and Finance Committee, Insurance Committee and Water Parks and Wildlife Committee. She also chaired the Select Committee on Megan’s Law and Sex Offender Registration.

She worked as a legislative assistant to then-Rep. Cal Dooley, D-Calif. in Washington D.C. from 1992-98 and as Dooley’s district director in Hanford from 1998-2002.

Parra earned a law degree from Catholic University of America and an undergraduate  degree in economics from the University of California Berkeley. Parra is a Democrat.


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