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.

Unsung Hero of the Month

February 2017: Shonna McDaniels


Previously Recognized Unsung Heroes:

January 2017: Ron Marshall

December 2016: Carol McNerney

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



February 21, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a former UC Davis faculty member and Director of the UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program, made the following statement regarding the selection of Gary May, Ph.D. as UC Davis Chancellor:

Senate Bill 267 to foster public trust in our political system by providing cost-effective oversight

February 9, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing the Sacramento region, announced today that he and Assemblymember Kevin McCarty have introduced a measure to allow the City of Sacramento to contract with the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to investigate and enforce the City’s campaign finance ordinance. 

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.