Torrance attorney Gavin Hachiya Wasserman was appointed Friday to the California Fair Political Practices Commission by State Controller John Chiang.

Wasserman, 39, a 2008 City Council candidate, was president of the Japanese American Republicans and has long been active in GOP circles.

The five-member commission, which must hire a permanent executive director of the agency, is unusual in that it is expressly intended to be a bipartisan panel.

In this case Chiang, who is from Torrance, was required to choose a commissioner from a list of applicants submitted by the state Republican Party.

"I do have a reputation for being able to work with folks of differing views who can come together on common ground," Wasserman said. "I just plan to work hard and do a good job."

His term will run through Jan. 31, 2017.

- Nick Green



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