Press Release

March 22, 2018

For Additional Information Contact:
Terri Hardy, Executive Director (A)
(916) 445-2125

Little Hoover Commission Elects New Chairman and Vice Chairman

On Thursday, March 22, 2018, the Little Hoover Commission unanimously re-elected Pedro Nava as chairman and unanimously re-elected Sean Varner as vice chairman.  This will be Mr. Nava’s fifth consecutive year term as chair and Mr. Varner’s second year term as vice chair.

Mr. Nava has served on the Commission since April 3, 2013, when he was appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly John Pérez.  He was reappointed to the Commission in January 2017 by Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon.  Mr. Nava previously served on the Commission as a California Assembly representative from September 2005 until March 2010.  Under Mr. Nava’s leadership, the Commission has reviewed and made recommendations on a wide variety of study areas including; improving interactions with government, climate change adaptation, the underground economy, open meetings acts, the Mental Health Services Act, Denti-Cal, forest management, special districts, mandatory overtime, occupational licensing, bond oversight and the veterans homes program.

Mr. Nava served in the California Assembly from 2004 to 2010 representing the Ventura and Santa Barbara areas.  After leaving the Legislature, Mr. Nava served as a government relations advisor.  In 2011, he was appointed to the California Department of Fish & Game Blue Ribbon Commission (renamed Department of Fish & Wildlife in 2013) to assist in the development of the Wildlife Strategic Vision.  Previously, he worked as a civil litigator after serving as a deputy district attorney in Fresno and Santa Barbara counties.  Mr. Nava also served on the California Coastal Commission.  

While in the Legislature, he chaired several Assembly committees, including Transportation, Banking and Finance, Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, the Select Committee on California’s Green Economy and the Joint Commission on Emergency Management.  Mr. Nava also served on several other Assembly committees, including the Insurance, Business and Professions and Joint Legislative Audit, and was an Assembly representative to the Ocean Protection Council and California Transportation Commission.    

Sean Varner was appointed to the Commission by Governor Edmund Brown Jr. in April 2016. Mr. Varner serves as managing partner at Varner & Brandt LLP where he practices as a transactional attorney focusing on mergers and acquisitions, finance, real estate and general counsel work.  Mr. Varner serves as chair of the board of the directors of The Community Foundation serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, and on the University of California, Riverside Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics. He also served as two-time chairman of the California Inland Empire Chapter of the Young President’s Organization.

The Little Hoover Commission is a bipartisan, independent state oversight agency created in 1962.  It is comprised of 13 appointed Commissioners, four of whom are state legislators and nine of whom are public members.  Its mission is to investigate state government operations and – through reports, recommendations and legislative proposals – promote efficiency, economy and improved service.