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Assemblyman Smyth accepts UCLA fellowship

Posted: October 11, 2012 5:27 p.m.
Updated: October 11, 2012 5:27 p.m.

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, has accepted a senior fellowship with the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs for the 2012-2013 academic year, he announced today.

As part of the fellowship, Smyth will meet and be shadowed by graduate students from the school, as well as directly mentor two to three of those students.

“It was a great honor when they asked,” Smyth said. “Several former legislators have done the program and they all have nothing but good things to say about it.”

Eight new senior fellows signed on for the program this academic year. Some of Smyth’s new colleagues include former state Attorney General John Van de Kamp and fellow Assemblyman Warren Furutani, D-Lakewood.

Smyth said he hopes to bring an alternative, conservative viewpoint to the fellowship as well as share his real-world public policy experience.

Smyth has served the Santa Clarita Valley in the 38th Assembly District since 2006. He is termed out of office effective the end of this year.

Before being elected to the Assembly, Smyth served on the Santa Clarita City Council from 2000 until he was elected to the state Legislature.

But leaving the Assembly doesn’t mean he won’t be involved in politics. Smyth is signed up for a Nov. 1 debate with former California Gov. Gray Davis, who was a distinguished policy fellow at the Luskin School of Public Affairs from 2005 to 2006. The two will debate state ballot initiatives in the upcoming election.

The event is sponsored by both the Luskin School and the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.



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