Monday, December 17, 2012
Governor Brown Names Two Lawyers to State Posts
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Gov. Jerry Brown Friday reappointed Lynn Schenk, 67, of San Diego, to the California High Speed Rail Authority, where she has served since 2003.
Schenk was chief of staff to then-Gov. Gray Davis from 1999 to 2004 and served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 1995. During her single term in Congress, she authored H.R. 4867, the High Speed Rail Development Act of 1994, the first federal law authorizing high speed rail.
She was commissioner and vice chair of the San Diego Port District from 1990 to 1993, after having worked as an attorney in private practice since 1984.
Schenk was a deputy secretary, and later secretary, at the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency from 1977 to 1983, and before that a special assistant to Vice Presidents Nelson A. Rockefeller and Walter F. Mondale.
She began her career as an attorney for the San Diego Gas and Electric Company after earning her law degree from the University of San Diego.
The position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Schenk is a Democrat.
Brown also appointed Scott Harris, 34, of Los Angeles, to the California Board of Accountancy.
Harris has been an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School since 2012 and an attorney and principal at S J Harris Law since 2010. He was deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice from 2006 to 2010 and the director of business affairs at Gorilla Nation Media in 2005.
This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Harris is also a Democrat.
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