Three state senators rose Monday to adjourn the day's session in honor of Julie Soderlund, a public affairs professional and former aide to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger who died late last week. She was 38.
Soderlund was diagnosed with melanoma nine months ago. She chronicled her battle with the disease through a blog widely shared among Sacramento political and media circles.
"Julie was an amazing person," said Senate GOP leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) in her floor remarks. "She was too young to die."
Sen. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres), who made the motion to adjourn in Soderlund's memory, remarked that Monday was also National Melanoma Day. And Sen. Ted Gaines (R-Rocklin) praised Soderlund's "bravery, honesty and even humor" during her cancer treatments.
Schwarzenegger, who joined Soderlund's friends through the months in taking to social media posts wearing custom T-shirts, on Friday called his former staffer "a jewel."