Hertzberg rehires veteran journalist, Senate spokesman
Before Hertzberg, Ray Sotero worked for Sens. Jenny Oropeza and Ted Lieu
Ray Sotero stands in front of a photo of the Kennedy brothers. (Photo by Adam Keigwin).
SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, announced today the rehiring of Ray Sotero, a longtime Sacramento-area journalist who most recently served as communications director for two former Southland state senators after serving as press secretary for Hertzberg in the Assembly.
Sotero began Dec. 1, the first day of the 2015-16 session, after working four years for Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, who last month won a Congressional seat to replace longtime Rep. Henry Waxman. Before that, Sotero worked eight years for Jenny Oropeza, who died in late 2010.
Before working for Hertzberg, Sotero worked 22 years as a reporter covering politics and government, including stints at the Modesto, Fresno and Sacramento Bees, and the Sacramento Bureau of Gannett News Service/USA Today.
The son of undocumented immigrants from Mexico, Sotero is a veteran of 1972-73 combat tours in Vietnam. In 1979, he received a Journalism degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. Sotero, 61, and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Sacramento.