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Six Months in Sacramento:

Reflections from Riverside Legislators

Jose Medina (left), and Richard D. Roth

State Assemblyman Jose Medina (D-Riverside), (left), and State Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) reflected on their first seven months as state legislators at the July 11 Randall Lewis Seminar Series. The pair discussed legislation, the state budget, and the key roles they played in securing funding for the UCR Medical School.

Audio of Seminar Presentation (MP3)

Seminar with Jose Medina and Richard Roth
About the speakers

Jose Medina was elected in November to represent California's 61st Assembly District, which consists of Riverside, Moreno Valley, Perris and Mead Valley.

Before being elected, Medina was a high school teacher with the Riverside Unified School District for more than 35 years, a member of the Riverside City Teachers Association, and a representative to the state council of the California Teachers Association (CTA).

He was elected to serve as school board member on the Jurupa Unified School District Board of Education and most recently, completed three successful terms on the Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees. During his tenure as a trustee, he chaired the Teaching and Learning Committee and supported establishing independent colleges in Riverside, Moreno Valley and Norco.

Medina's leadership was instrumental in expanding job-training programs, upgrading classrooms and science labs, and instituting measures to increase educational offerings.

Medina earned a bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies and a master's degree in History from UCR. Medina is a three-time recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship and was awarded a grant from the Organization of American States for research on Latin America.

Medina was appointed by Speaker John Pérez to chair the Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy Committee. He also serves as a member on the Assembly Committees of Accountability and Administrative Review, Governmental Organization and Higher Education.

Richard D. Roth is President of the law firm of Roth Carney APC specializing in labor and employment law for over 30 years.

Prior to joining Roth Carney APC, he was partner with the business law firms of Carney & Delany LLP and Roth Carney Knudsen LLP, he served as the Managing Partner of the law firm of Reid & Hellyer, as an attorney with the National Labor Relations Board and as a Judge Advocate with the United States Air Force.

Roth received his undergraduate degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in 1972, and his law degree from Emory University in 1974.

Among his other professional and civic activities, Roth has served as an adjunct instructor in Labor and Employment Law at the UCR Graduate School of Management and in the University Extension Division, and is the author of “Hiring Practices in the 1990's – Employment Under Pressure.”

Roth is the Past Chairman of the Board for the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce and President of The Monday Morning Group. He is a member of The Raincross Club, The Thomas W. Wathen Foundation Board, the Riverside Community Hospital Advisory Board, the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School Foundation Board, the Riverside County Bar Association Board of Directors, and the La Sierra University Foundation Board.

Roth is past Vice Chairman of the Parkview Community Hospital Board, past member of the Riverside Public Library Foundation Board and the Riverside Art Museum Board, past Trustee of the March Field Museum, and he currently serves as Legal Advisor to the Airlift/Tanker Association.

He served in the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve in various capacities in the United States and overseas for over 32 years and retired from the Air Force Reserve in the grade of Major General.