Tauscher confirmed for top U.S. arms control post

Schwarzenegger to call for special election for 10th District Congressional position

10th District Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher (D-Alamo) has been confirmed by the Senate as under secretary for Arms Control and International Security at the U.S. State Department.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger now has 14 days to set a date for a special election for Tauscher's 10th District replacement, the winner of which will serve the remainder of a two-year term that will end in 2011.

President Obama nominated Tauscher for the position in March. She will now advise the president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on global security, weapons proliferation and arms control.

Tauscher has resigned her 10th Congressional District seat, which includes parts of Contra Costa, Alameda, Solano and Sacramento counties. Her district does not include Pleasanton, which is represented by Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton).

"I am deeply grateful for the trust that both President Obama and Secretary Clinton have placed in me," Tauscher said. "I am equally grateful and humbled by the honor and privilege to have represented California's 10th Congressional District for the last 13 years in the House of Representatives."

"It has been the deepest, and greatest, professional experience of my life, and I am deeply, deeply grateful for the opportunity and the trust that my constituents have placed in me," she said.

She added that she had tried to keep her promise to be an "independent, effective moderate."

Tauscher, 57, already served on the House Armed Services Committee and as chair of the Strategic Forces subcommittee. Her district also includes two national nuclear laboratories, Lawrence Livermore and Sandia.

In remarks during her June 9 confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tauscher acknowledged the main focus of her new role to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons and material.

She pledged to work toward Obama's stated goal of "a world without nuclear weapons."

Tauscher told the committee that she would work "to take the necessary steps to reduce the world's nuclear arsenals while making sure that we maintain a safe, secure and reliable deterrent against any adversary and an effective defense for our allies."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, released a statement yesterday congratulating Tauscher on her new role.

"Congresswoman Tauscher has long been a leader on issues of national security and a great advocate on behalf of our veterans," Pelosi said.

"The House will certainly miss Congresswoman Tauscher's leadership, but the entire nation will continue to benefit from her expertise, talent, and experience," she said.

Bay City News Service, Jeb Bing

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Posted by Oh God!
a resident of Danbury Park
on Jun 29, 2009 at 9:29 am

Youve got to be kidding me. This idiot in charge of anything strikes me with fear.

And cant we just appoint some idiot to fill her seat. A special election for a freshman House member seems like a waste of money.

We're headed down the pooper...

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Posted by Gary Clift
a resident of another community
on Jun 30, 2009 at 4:19 pm

The California Political Bubble continues.
How can candidates Garamendi and DeSaulnier consider running for the US Congress, CA District 10? Our State Government is broken and in the process of shutting down, these two men are no small part of the problem yet they think voters will send them to Washington. This is what happens to career politicians; they get surrounded by a bubble and lose touch with the people they represent. I can't imagine anybody seriously thinking that these two individuals have done a good job. They represent exactly what is wrong with the State of California. It would be different if these candidates had exercised a leadership role in resolving California's budget crisis. Instead where are they? Running for a Federal office. Whatever happened to public servants sacrificing and working hard to get a difficult the job done? Their only priority is to get reelected. I hope that you will visit Web Link to see the many MUCH more qualified candidates seeking this position.

-Gary Clift

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Posted by OMG
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2009 at 5:21 pm

I am suddenly found praying...

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Posted by BLT
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Our enemies, the world-over, are LAUGHING their, uh, tails off right about now.

God help us all.

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