Unsung Heroes

The Sacramento region is full of unsung heroes!

They are caring for others, overcoming hardships or working toward a dream.  They aren’t in the spotlight, but their stories are inspiring and they deserve recognition.

Through this effort, Dr. Pan hopes to put the spotlight on them – the unsung heroes of the 6th Senate District.

Every month Dr. Pan will highlight one such hero in our region and share their story.

If you know an unsung hero that should be in the spotlight, email Senator.Pan@senate.ca.gov.


December 2016: Carol McNerney

Previously Recognized Unsung Heroes:

November 2016: Chariss Fong

October 2016: Kay Temple Kirk

September 2016: Leah Nelson

August 2016: Pat Yanes

July 2016: Kathi Windheim

June 2016: Roman Murrietta

May 2016: Alexandra Russell

April 2016: Molly Simones

March 2016: Mark Jacobs

February 2016: BreAnda Northcutt 

January 2016: Hervey Taylor

December 2015: Don Ross

November 2015: Savanna Karmue

October 2015: Nina Delgaldillo

September 2015: Lynda Nicole Williams

SB 947 will focus staff time on moving families into the workforce and cut transportation expenses

September 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 947 to reduce red tape in the application process for the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program was signed by the Governor today. 

Since 2009, applicants for the CalFresh program, which offers food to families in need, have had the opportunity to be interviewed over the telephone.  Conversely, applicants for the CalWORKs program must be interviewed in-person, even in counties that would rather conduct interviews over the phone to improve efficiencies and better utilize limited staff time.

SB 1189 Prohibits Law Enforcement from Entering Autopsy Room When Individual Died in their Care & States Forensic Autopsies Must be Conducted by Medical Experts

September 28, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A bill jointly authored by Dr. Richard Pan and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, SB 1189 to ensure autopsies are conducted only by licensed physicians and forensic autopsy reports are accurate and unbiased has been signed by Governor Jerry Brown.

September 27, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A bill authored by Dr. Richard Pan and principle co-authored by Senator Bill Monning, which would allow California to partner at the federal level to help prevent violent deaths, including gun deaths, was signed by the Governor today.

SB 877 requires California to maintain a comprehensive data-tracking system on violent deaths in the state and to participate in the federal program to collect data, the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). SB 877 is sponsored by the Union of American Physicians and Dentists.