SACRAMENTO (March 26, 2012) - Today Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) honored Leslie A. Lohse, a Tehama county resident, as the 2012 Woman of the Year for the 2nd Assembly District. Lohse was given a framed resolution during the annual ceremony in the Assembly Chamber at the State Capitol. Leslie Lohse has served as Tribal Council Treasurer of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians of California since 1998. Leslie currently serves on the California Native American Heritage Commission, National Indian Health Services Budget Committee, Tehama County Girls, Inc. and serves as the Chairwoman for California Tribal Business Alliance.
"Leslie is a passionate and dedicated citizen who ably serves her revered and historic Nomlaki tribe, her community and her state through her selfless leadership," said Nielsen. "Her energy and abilities have ensured a bright future for generations now and yet to be born in the north state."
During her time with the Paskenta Tribal Council, Lohse participated in putting together the Paskenta Band's purchase of over 2,000 acres in Tehama County. She was instrumental in bringing about the construction of a 70,000 square-foot casino that includes three restaurants. Her tribe has been successful in bringing about two new hotels and a John Daly Signature link style Golf Course and a private hunting club to the tribal lands. The Tribe recently opened the Rolling Hills Clinic to provide medical services for the people of Tehama County.
"I am very grateful and humbled because there are so many wonderful women in our area and throughout the state," said Lohse. "Assemblyman Nielsen has been greatly supportive of our community and women, for which we are most thankful."
Lohse has chaired and sat on numerous committees over the years, including the US Bureau of Indian Affairs Central California Agency Policy Committee, National Tribal Budget Advisory Committee, Pacific Region Representative to name just a few.
Held every March during Women's History Month, the Woman of the Year ceremony celebrates 80 extraordinary women from California, one from each Assembly district. Started in 1987, the ceremony has become an annual celebration of community service and outstanding contributions by women in California.