Rubios Are First Sisters to Serve in California Legislature

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California's legislative session began Monday with two women making history as the first sisters to serve together in the Legislature. 

Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio (48th District) and Sen. Susan Rubio (22nd District) both represent Baldwin Park in the San Gabriel Valley. 

In an interview with the Sacramento Bee, the sisters said they were "Trump's worst nightmare:"

“We’re essentially Trump’s worst nightmare. We are those bad Mexicans that he talks about. We were undocumented, and then we fought hard, we got an education and now we’re sitting here.”

On Monday, Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Supreme Court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye administered the oath of office to all 80 Assembly members and half of the 40 senators, respectively. 

Just 17 lawmakers are taking their seats for the first time, nine in the Senate and eight in the Assembly. Democrats hold a whopping 60 Assembly seats and 29 Senate seats, giving them broad power to enact their ambitious goals. 

Gov. Jerry Brown, who will leave office in January, sat in the corner of the Senate during the festivities. Governor-elect Gavin Newsom, also a Democrat, joined each chamber for part of the ceremony. 

He advised senators to exercise their "moral authority" as well as their "formal authority" in the jobs they now hold. 

"We can shape the future," Newsom said. "It's not a gross exaggeration -- the world is looking to us, to each and every one of you." 

Senators again chose Democrat Toni Atkins of San Diego as the president pro tempore. 

Also of note, Democratic Sen. Melissa Hurtado is the state's youngest female senator ever at age 30. 

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