Senator Roth Celebrates Historic Moment on Senate Floor

July 02, 2018

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, the California State Senate voted out Senator Richard D. Roth’s resolution to rename the 60-91-215 Interchange the Joseph Tavaglione Interchange.

The interchange, a major crossroads of Inland Southern California, is located close to the heart of Riverside County and was constructed under the leadership of Mr. Tavaglione, whose commitment to community extends well-beyond transportation infrastructure. Mr. Tavaglione is also the past Chair of the Contractors State Licensing Board, the past President of the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies, and a past member of the board of the Riverside Public Utilities.

“Mr. Tavaglione’s record is extraordinary. I’ve only been a politician for six years, but I have been the beneficiary of Joseph Tavaglione’s efforts – his extraordinary efforts – for decades,” said Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside). “When someone has lived for 94 years and spent decades and decades of their life doing simply exceptional work – work that is exceptional by anyone’s measure – you do not need to wait until the 97th year, or beyond, to honor that person’s contribution to our great state.”

Mr. Tavaglione is the California Transportation Commission’s longest serving member – having the distinction of being appointed by both Republican and Democratic Governors.

Senator Roth continued: “Mr. Tavaglione is a California institution. There can be no better way to honor a man who has dedicated his life to the service of our state than to  dedicate something he helped to construct, that is visible to so many, in his name.”

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Senator Richard D. Roth represents the 31st State Senate District, which includes the communities of Corona, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, March Air Reserve Base, Moreno Valley, Norco, Perris and Riverside. Prior to his election, he served for 32 years in the United States Air Force, retiring in 2007 in the grade of Major General.