SACRAMENTO, CA (STL.News) California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the following appointments:
Matthew D. Bender, 43, of Sacramento, has been appointed Deputy Director of Legislation at the Department of General Services, where he has served as Acting Deputy Director of Legislation since 2019. Bender served in several positions at the Department of General Services from 2004 to 2019, including Manager of Legislative Affairs, Food Acquisition Manager, Legislative Coordinator and Assistant Public Affairs Officer. He was a Metro Reporter at The Sun from 2000 to 2004. Bender was a Public Health Research Specialist at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1999 to 2000. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $127,008. Bender is registered without party preference.
Kurt T. Cooknick, 57, of Fair Oaks, has been reappointed Deputy to the State Architect at the Department of General Services, Division of the State Architect, where he has served in that position since 2017. Cooknick was Director of Regulatory Affairs at the American Institute of Architects, California Council from 1999 to 2017 and was Associate Director of Regulatory Affairs there from 1996 to 1999. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $149,820.