SACRAMENTO — Assemblywoman
Mitchell received 80.6% of the vote, beating perennial Democratic candidate Mervin Evans, who received 19.4% in Tuesday's contest for the 26th Senate District.
Mitchell, 49, will add to the bare supermajority the
"We are excited to welcome the passion, perspective and pragmatism she'll bring as our 28th Democratic senator," said Senate President Pro Tem
Mitchell noted that she began her public service career in the Senate in 1988, working then for Democratic Sen.
She declined to comment when asked about talk in the Capitol that she may be a contender for Senate leader when Steinberg leaves office next year.
In the Assembly, Democratic membership has fallen below supermajority level because of vacancies.
When Mitchell resigns to take her Senate seat, Democrats in the lower house will hold 52 seats; they need 54 to regain the two-thirds majority they won in last year's elections. They expect to be back to that level after three special elections to fill the vacancies before year's end.
One of those contests will be a runoff between the two candidates who finished first in Tuesday's election for the 45th Assembly District seat, which includes parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
Democrat Robert Blumenfield of Woodland Hills vacated the seat when he won election to the Los Angeles City Council.
Democrat Matt Dababneh, an Encino resident who is an aide to Rep.
The runoff is set for Nov. 19.
Encino Democrat Jeff Ebenstein finished third Tuesday, followed by Republican Chris Kolski of West Hills and seven other contestants.