2003 Inductee - Maxine Madrid Bennett

2003 Inductee - Maxine Madrid Bennett


Maxine Bennett has been a part of the State Capital political machinery for over 20 years and still makes time to get involved with the community. Since October 1999 Bennett has been the Legislative Coordinator for the Governor’s Office of Criminal Justice Planning (OCJP). “I am responsible for tracking all measures that could affect OCJP or are criminal justice related. In addition I attend legislative hearings on public safety issues, coordinate the workflow of the legislative consultants and serve as liaison with the Governor’s office,” she explains. Her previous job was also with Governor Davis. She was executive assistant to his appointment secretary. From January to October of 1999 she helped the appointment secretary set up interviews, process background checks, supervise the clerical staff and coordinate the work flow of the deputy secretaries. She also arranged the appointment secretary’s travel schedule and meetings.

From February 1998 to January 1999 Bennett was an assistant to the speaker, Antonio Villaraigosa. “My responsibilities included tracking all legislative measures through both houses of the legislature and assisting in the creation of documents to manage all aspects of the floor operation including rules, procedures and protocol,” she stated. During the time between March 1996 and February 1998 she was one of three special assistants to speaker Cruz Bustamante, the present lieutenant governor.

Maxine was responsible for Assembly Members’ attendance, per diem travel and committee requests. I was also responsible for maintaining a daily quorum and acting as liaison with the Assembly Chief Clerks Office and Assembly Rules Committee. Previous duties included daily and long-term scheduling and travel and setting up meetings and conferences. “I staffed the Speaker on several trips including a trade delegation to Mexico City, a legislative delegation to Washington D.C. and a national convention in Chicago,” she said with pride.

From February 1995 to February 1996 she served as Committee Assistant to the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee, and from August 1989 to February 1995 she was Committee Assistant to the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee.

Her start in governmental doings was as Field representative to then Senator John Garamendi. One of her duties was serving as liaison with the Latino community. She represented the Senator at many district community meetings and events. She has been a campaigner for many democrats such as Kathleen Brown, Clinton/Gore, Feinstein, and Michael Dukakis. She has been an officer, delegate and board member of the Democratic Central Committee and Democratic Party since 1983. “Maxine is a resourceful, and creative, person who has frequently been able to come up with new and innovative approaches to her assigned projects,” said Sarah Carreno, treasurer of the Democratic Central Committee of San Joaquin County.

Locally she has been president of the Hispanics for Political Action, board member of the Council for the Spanish Speaking and board member of the San Joaquin County Child Abuse Prevention Council.