The Committee’s influence is widely felt, and not just in the world of show business. State Senator Mark Leno is himself a pioneer – as the first openly gay member of the California State Senate and one of the first lawmakers in the nation to get a same-sex marriage bill passed in a State Legislature. When we hosted a 50th birthday/reunion for The Committee last year, we were pleased to have Senator Leno and Senate President John Burton in attendance. Senator Leno’s brief remarks reminds us of the power that the arts have to inspire and encourage young minds. Thank you sir, for helping us pay tribute to The Committee.