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Former state senator's mother wins $56,095-a-year appointment

April 28, 2011 | 12:56 pm

Frances Florez, a former elected official in a small Kern County town -- and the mother of former Democratic state Sen. Dean Florez -- has been appointed by a California Senate panel to a state commission post that pays $56,095 annually, plus travel expenses, and meets twice a month on average.

Senate leader Darrell Steinberg announced her appointment Thursday to the California Medical Assistance Commission. A former member of the city council in Shafter, Calif., Frances Florez left the state board that oversees high-speed rail to mount an unsuccessful run for a state Assembly seat last year.

The appointment was approved by the Senate Rules Committee, which is chaired by Steinberg, a Democrat from Sacramento. 

-- Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento