Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Representing the 12th District of California

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Pelosi Statement on Elector to Electoral College Meeting in Sacramento Today

Dec 15, 2008
Press Release

Contact:Brendan Daly/Nadeam Elshami, 202-226-7616

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement regarding LeRoy King whom she appointed to cast her vote today in the Electoral College in Sacramento for President-Elect Barack Obama:
“It is with great pride that I appointed distinguished labor and civil rights leader LeRoy King to cast our district’s vote in the Electoral College for Barack Obama as President of the United States.  Throughout his life, LeRoy has advocated tirelessly for the rights of working people through his union, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, through city and state government, church groups, and his community.
“LeRoy is fiercely committed to the principles of equality and justice for all people.  From his early days of working toward fully-inclusive, integrated workforces in California to his steadfast advocacy for the African American communities of San Francisco as a Redevelopment Commissioner, LeRoy is a persistent reminder that we must keep striving for a just society.”

Background:
LeRoy King is the past Northern Regional Director of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and was a union official for over 30 years. Mr. King is a long-time civic and public affairs leader in San Francisco, and has been active with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the San Francisco Labor Assembly for Community Action, the Black Trades Union and the California State Democratic Party for more than 30 years. Mr. King is also one of the founders and past presidents of St. Francis Square, a cooperative housing development in the Western Addition neighborhood of San Francisco. Mr. King courageously served his country in the Army during World War II.

Under state law, California’s 53 Democratic Congressional nominees and two U.S. Senators each appoint one Democrat to cast their vote for the Electoral College, while the Republicans have a different system. Whichever candidate wins a state determines which appointees (Democrats or Republicans) actually become members of the Electoral College. Because Senators Barack Obama and Joe Biden won California in the presidential election, LeRoy King and the other Democratic appointees will be members of the Electoral College, which meets today state Capitols throughout the nation. In California, the Electoral College will meet at 2 p.m. in the Assembly Chambers in Sacramento.