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Two women sit on Placer County Board of Supervisors for first time in history

Placer County's Board of Supervisors has two women serving together at the same time, a first in county history. The current board is comprised by, from left, Jim Holmes District 3), Bonnie Gore (District 1), Robert Weygandt (District 2), Jennifer Montgomery (District 5), and Kirk Uhler (District 4).
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Two women are now serving on the Placer County Board of Supervisors for the first time in the county’s history, following a national trend with women now holding a record number of seats in Congress.

Newly-elected District 1 Supervisor Bonnie Gore, named vice chair of the board, will be serving alongside District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery, who has served since 2009.

“This is a momentous time for Placer County because now for the first time ever we have two nice women on the Board of Supervisors,” said District 3 Supervisor Jim Holmes, when new members were sworn in Jan. 8.

“It’s kind of amazing that it’s taken until 2019 for two women to serve at the same time,” said Montgomery. “We’ve had a number of really incredibly competent, smart, wonderful, committed women who have served on this board, but never two at the same time.”

“It’s kind of amazing that it’s taken until 2019 for two women to serve at the same time.”— Placer County Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery

Montgomery said she’s had the opportunity to work with Gore on a number of events in past years, including those that focused on women’s voting rights and allowing women a greater opportunity to have their voices heard.

“This is just a really incredible moment for Placer County and I think it’s worth reflecting on and worth noting,” said Montgomery.

Gore previously served on the Roseville City Council from 2012 to 2018, acting as mayor and vice mayor.

“I am committed to continuing to make sure we maintain the fiscal sustainability of our county and making sure this continues to be a wonderful place to work and do business and to raise our families,” said Gore. “We’ll look forward to maybe a kinder board, but a tenacious board as well.”

With Karin E. Schwab serving as county counsel, there will be three women sitting on the dais.

“I think Bonnie and Karen are really going to help lead this year and I’m very much looking forward to it,” said Montgomery. “While we are nice ladies, we will also be extremely persistent.”

This year a record number of women were sworn into Congress, as well as elected office in California. Women have never held more than 84 of the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Following the general election there are now 102 women in the House.

Only 56 women have ever served in the U.S. Senate, with 25 currently holding seats out of 100.

In California, women make up 30 percent of the state legislature with Eleni Kounalakis elected as the first female lieutenant governor in the state’s history.

Hannah Jones is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at 530-550-2652 or hjones@sierrasun.com.