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About Fiona Ma
Fiona Ma was elected to the California State Assembly in 2006, representing the 12th Assembly District comprised of the Western portion of San Francisco County as well as the Northern San Mateo counties of Broadmoor, Colma and Daly City. Fiona’s final term in the Assembly ended in December of 2012.
In the Spring of 2010, Speaker of the Assembly, John A. Pérez, appointed Assemblywoman Fiona Ma to the leadership position of Speaker pro Tempore. As presiding officer and member of the leadership team, Assemblywoman Ma guided Assemblymembers through the daily business of the Assembly, responded to parliamentary inquiries, issues rulings on points of order when necessary, and was responsible for guiding legislative priorities. She also served on key committees including Agriculture, Business and Professions, Governmental Organization, Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security, and Utilities and Commerce.
During her four years on the Agriculture Committee, Fiona made it her goal to learn about as many of the over 400 commodities that are produced in California. Spending her entire life in two urban areas (New York’s Long Island and the City and County of San Francisco), Fiona had little exposure to agriculture prior to serving on the Committee. Shortly before her official appointment, Fiona’s first exposure to California agriculture was in Kings County touring cotton fields, almond orchards, and a dairy. Three years later, Fiona has taken over seventy tours. She’s toured everything from nurseries and avocado orchards in San Diego; cattle at Harris Ranch and rangelands in Glenn, Santa Barbara, and Alameda Counties; strawberries and leafy greens on the Central Coast; stone fruits in Fresno County; figs, rice and dried plums in the Sacramento Valley, and a long list of others.
Fiona has not limited her thirst for knowledge to the commodities themselves. She has also taken a keen interest in the state’s water infrastructure and has taken numerous Delta tours, the main artery for the state’s water system, including a tour hosted by Central Valley legislators Tom and Bill Berryhill. In 2009, during the peak of the drought, Fiona went on a helicopter ride with Fresno County Supervisor Henry Perea to see firsthand the impact of the state’s failure to adequately deliver water south to Central Valley farms. She has also advocated for new off-stream reservoir storage after touring the future location of Sites Reservoir in Colusa.
By developing a strong interest in agriculture and identifying a critical connection between farms and cities, Fiona has become one of the strongest voices in the Legislature on agriculture issues. From authoring ACR 42, “Eat Local, Buy California Grown on Sundays,” which strives to help local businesses, as well as enhances jobs and the economy, she has established a strong commitment to California agriculture, even giving herself the nickname “the Urban Cowgirl.” In 2009, Fiona authored AB 606, which created the California Blueberry Commission to help promote California-grown blueberries and create jobs in the state. In 2010, she led efforts to pass AB 1960, the California Grown Act, which would have required state owned buildings to purchase “California-grown” products. The bill was put on hold due to fiscal concerns; nonetheless, Fiona remained resilient in the Legislature and continues to make agricultural issues an important component of the Democratic Caucus.
As a Certified Public Accountant, Fiona has been a leading advocate in her caucus to restore and preserve the Williamson Act. She has also used her taxation knowledge by writing a letter to Congress urging the passage of legislation to extend the estate tax deferral for family farming operations. Fiona also spent a lot of her time working with the Little Hoover Commission and others to find viable solutions to save our state fairgrounds from financial insolvency and preserve these agricultural resources for future generations.