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Assemblymember Ward Appointed Chair of the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development

For immediate release:

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Chris Ward (D-San Diego) issued the following statement upon being appointed Chair of the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development:

“I’m proud to be appointed Chair of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee by Speaker Robert Rivas,” said Assemblymember Chris Ward. “As a representative of San Diego where the cost of living has risen dramatically to be the highest in the nation, I hear regularly from constituents the need to be stronger to increase the affordable housing supply throughout California and make the dream of owning a home a reality for working Californians once again. From needs to unlock barriers to housing production, assist local governments in meeting goals, lower the costs associated with new housing, and support renters struggling to keep up, I look forward to the impact our committee can make through our hard work ahead.”

Assemblymember Ward was first elected to the Assembly in 2020 and has served on the Housing and Community Development committee for three years. He is the author of several bills signed into law to address housing supply and affordability. Prior to his election to the Assembly, he was elected to the San Diego City Council where he served as the Chair of the City Council’s Land Use and Housing Committee, helping to enact local policies to address housing supply. He previously was employed as an Urban and Environmental Planner, helping cities and local governments update housing and community land use policies, and conducting environmental review on proposed projects and plans.

“Assemblymember Ward has demonstrated a strong commitment in the Assembly on issues related to housing affordability, increasing supply and improving access and equity,” Speaker Robert Rivas said. “I’m confident Chris will build on what Assemblymember Wicks accomplished and deliver much-needed housing solutions that work for all Californians.”