Senator Jenny Oropeza died last night. She was only 53.
I've known her most of my life. She was a good friend of my dad's and given the number of political functions I attended growing up, she was one of a few electeds who still remembered me and said hello whenever I'd see her. I always thought she was beautiful - a glamorous role-model, if you will, who spoke her mind, stepped up to leadership, but remained friendly to the people back home.
When I came to Sacramento as an Assembly Fellow, she was a familiar and friendly face. She encouraged the Fellows - especially the women - to seek out mentors to help them in their careers.
I'll miss you, Jenny. Rest in peace.