Six African Americans were among the State Assembly members sworn in recently during a ceremony in the state capital. Returning legislators include, top from left, Steven Bradford and Holly Mitchell.

New to office are: Cheryl Brown, in the 47th Assembly District, which includes San Bernardino, Rialto, Fontana, Colton, Grand Terrace, Bloomington, and Muscoy; Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer in the 59th Assembly District, which includes the communities of South Los Angeles, Florence-Firestone, Huntington Park and Walnut Park; Chris Holden in the 41st Assembly District, which includes Pasadena, Altadena, Claremont, LaVerne, Monrovia, San Dimas, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, Upland and a slice of Rancho Cucamonga; and Shirley Weber of the 79th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Chula Vista, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City and a part of San Diego.

There are now nine members in the California Legislative Black Caucus, an increase of one as a result of the Nov. 6 election.