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Political Notebook: Arambula selected as new Maddy Institute chair

Juan Arambula, a former state Assembly member and Fresno County supervisor, has been elected as chair of the Kenneth L. Maddy Institute at Fresno State University. His term begins January 1.

Arambula — who will be the institute’s third chair — replaces former Sen. Minority Leader Dave Cogdill, a Stanislaus County Republican who has been chair since January 2011.

“I have always been committed to the Central Valley and I am a firm believer in giving back,” Arambula said in a statement. “As a result, I am honored by this opportunity to help lead the Maddy Institute as a regional asset and one of the most active and engaged public affairs institutes in the state.”

Don Jackson, who was instrumental in establishing the Maddy Institute, was its first chair, serving from 2000 until 2010.

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