Jim Cooper

Business-friendly 'mod' Democratic lawmakers tap a new leader in shake-up

Business-friendly 'mod' Democratic lawmakers tap a new leader in shake-up

Looking to reclaim influence in debates over taxes, regulation and environmental policies, a key bloc of Democrats who typically align with business interests are revamping their leadership, with Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) at the helm.

The informal caucus — commonly known in the state Capitol as the “mods,” for moderate Democrats — have been led over the last year and a half by two Assembly Democrats: Jim Cooper of Elk Grove and Rudy Salas of Bakersfield.

Gray described his role as “convener” of the caucus, which, unlike other legislative caucuses, does not publicize...

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