Mona Pasquil

Simeona Fortunata "Mona" Pasquil (born April 3, 1962) is an American politician who served as the 47th (acting) Lieutenant Governor of California from November 4, 2009 to April 27, 2010.

    Acting lieutenant governor

    On November 3, 2009, California Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi was elected to the United States House of Representatives representing California's 10th congressional district, leaving the office of lieutenant governor vacant. On November 4, 2009, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Pasquil, Garamendi's Chief of Staff, as acting lieutenant governor pending the confirmation of Abel Maldonado.

    Pasquil's appointment marked several firsts for the position: she became California's first Asian lieutenant governor; its first Filipino lieutenant governor; its first female lieutenant governor; and the first California acting lieutenant governor not to succeed to the position from the President pro tempore of the California State Senate.

    Other positions

    Pasquil served as John Kerry's political director during his 2004 campaign for the United States presidency.

    In the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, she served as a superdelegate supporting Hillary Clinton.

    In January 2011, California governor Jerry Brown named her appointments secretary.


    External links

    • Mona F. Pasquil biography at
    • "Mona Pasquil, Acting Lt. Gov. CA". National Council of Asian American Business Associations. Retrieved March 2, 2011. 
    • Zheng, Connie (2010). "California's First Woman Lieutenant Governor Mona Pasquil". V-Diaries (Filipina Women's Network). p. 8. 
    Political offices
    Preceded by
    John Garamendi
    Lieutenant Governor
    Acting Lieutenant Governor of California
    November 4, 2009–April 27, 2010
    Succeeded by
    Abel Maldonado
    Lieutenant Governor