In yet one more example of the revolving door between government and huge corporations that defines politics in California now, State Senator Michael Rubio (D-Bakersfield) on February 22 suddenly announced he is resigning from office in order to take a “government affairs” position at Chevron.
Rubio, who was leading the charge to weaken the landmark California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and make it more friendly to corporations, said he resigned in order to spend more time with his family.
“I have realized that my current professional path has left little opportunity to be home for those who are most important to me, which is why I am making a change,” said Rubio. “Effective today, I am stepping away from my current position and resigning from the California State Senate.”
“As for what’s next, I have officially accepted a position with Chevron Corporation to serve as manager of California government affairs. I look forward to transitioning into a career that will allow me to seize a generational opportunity and work for a respected California company with deep roots in Kern County near the very oil fields where I was born, “ he said.