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Pray for Our Leaders, Who are They? June 2, 2020

The Bible tells us to pray for our leaders. Paul writes to his protégé Timothy, 1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior,” 1st Timothy 2:1-3.

We’re experiencing a great deal of political strife in our country and in our state even in good times. Now we have a pandemic, rioting and a spirit of lawlessness sweeping our country. Our politicians, never a sympathetic demographic group, are unwilling or unable to deal with the situations taking place. That’s a problem as so much of agriculture depends on which political breeze water is carried on. Like it or not these overwhelmed politicians are making the decisions that impact farmers and ranchers. It’s difficult to humble ourselves and pray for people who are doing us wrong whether out of ignorance or spite. When Paul wrote those words to Timothy Nero was emperor. If God included in the Bible instructions for Christians to pray for Nero then we can expect to be held accountable to pray for our leaders.

Listed are the names and offices of 65 people elected, appointed or hired to serve in California’s Executive Branch of government. The chart used as a source actually had well more than 100 offices. The list includes all the statewide elected positions, governor’s staff and cabinet positions however the list doesn’t include all the names lower in the hierarchy as many of them have no direct application to agriculture although they need prayer too. There are 17 other categories not listed here such as the Lottery Commission, the Arts Council and the University of California Board of Regents, etc. Pick one or two and pray for them.

The leadership of the state government in California has its supporters and detractors but it’s difficult to see much if any evidence Godly wisdom is being sought or practiced. There may be people on this list who are devout believers, brothers and sisters in Christ – they need our prayers. There are most likely others on this list whose hearts and minds need renewal and salvation. They also need our prayers. May we be salt and light. May the people on this list give and receive Godly advice. May the teeth of the wicked be blunted and their plans frustrated and may their hearts turn to God. May the righteous find favor. May our Lord Jesus use these prayers to further his kingdom.

Prayer List California Government

From: California State Government – the Executive Branch 4/15/20 https://cold.govops.ca.gov/File/OrganizationalChart

Statewide Elected Offices

Gov. Gavin Newsom

Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis

Secretary of State Alex Padilla

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond

Attorney General Xavier Becerra

State Controller Betty Yee

State Treasurer Fiona Ma

State Board of Equalization Ted Gaines, Malia Cohen, Antonia Vazquez & Mike Schaefer

Governor’s Staff

Chief of Staff, Ann O’Leary

Deputy Chief of Staff, Lindsay Cobia

Cabinet Secretary, Ana Matasantos

Appointments, Cathryn Rivera-Hernandez

First Partner Chief of Staff, Rebecca Beland McNaught

Legislative Affairs, Anthony Williams

Communications, Nathan Click

Judicial Appointments, Martin Jenkins

Operations, Erin Suhr

Legal Affairs, Catherine E. Lhamon

Special Advisor, Angie Wei

Offices Reporting to Governor

Office of Business & Economic Development Vacant

Office of Planning & Research, Director Kate Gordon

Office of Emergency Services, Director Mark Ghilarducci

Agencies & Departments Reporting to Governor

(Listed under the Secretary level is the bureaucracy agriculture will interact with the most.

Transportation Agency Secretary David Kim

California Highway Patrol, Commissioner Warren Stanley

Dept. of Motor Vehicles, Director Steven Gordon

Dept. of Transportation, Director Toks Omishakin

High Speed Rail Authority, CEO Brian Kelly

Ca. Transportation Commission, Executive Director Susan Bransen

Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation Secretary Ralph Diaz

Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Jared Blumenfeld

Air Resources Board, Chair Mary Nichols

Dept. of Pesticide Regulation, Director Val Dolcini

Dept. of Toxic Substances Control, Director Meredith Williams

Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Director Lauren Zeise

State Water Resources Control Board, Chair Joaquin Esquivel

Department of Resources Recycling & Recovery, Director Vacant

Department of Finance Director Keely Martin Bosler

Health & Human Services Agency Secretary Mark Ghaly

Department of Food & Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross, Undersecretary Jennifer Moffit

Labor & Workforce Development Agency Secretary Julie Su

Agricultural Labor Relations Board Chair Victoria Hassid

Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot

Dept. of Water Resources, Director Karla Nemeth

Dept. of Forestry & Fire Protection, Director Thomas Parter

Dept. of Conservation, Director David Shabazian

Dept. of Parks & Recreation, Director Lisa Mangat

Ca. Conservation Corps, Director Bruce Saito

Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, Director Charlton Bonham

Ca. Coastal Commission, Executive Director John Ainsworth

Ca. Energy Commission, Chair David Hochschild

State Lands Commission, Executive Officer Jennifer Lucchesi

Native American Heritage Commission, Executive Director Christina Snider

Wildlife Conservation Board, Ex. Dir. John Donnelly

Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Ex. Officer Leslie Gallagher

Ca. Water Commission, Ex. Officer Joe Yun

Colorado River Board of California, Ex. Dir. Christopher Harris

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Vito Imbasciani

Government Operations Agency Secretary Yolanda Richardson

Franchise Tax Board, Ex Officer Selvi Stanislaus

Office of Administrative Law, Director Kenneth Pogue.

Business, Consumer Services & Housing Agency Secretary Lourdes Castro Ramirez

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