Political Notebook

Renteria officially joins Clinton presidential campaign team

Sanger Democrat Amanda Renteria, who returned home to the central San Joaquin Valley to try and oust Hanford Republican David Valadao from Congress, has officially joined Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Renteria, 40, will be Clinton’s national political director, which is widely considered one of the top campaign posts for the former first lady and New York senator, who is seeking the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination.

The news wasn’t exactly breaking. Word leaked in February that Renteria was in line for the post, but since Clinton hadn’t announced her run it wasn’t official.

Now it is, and Renteria’s Twitter page reflects her new job.

Renteria, a Woodlake native who ended up working on Capitol Hill first for California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and then as chief of staff for Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, was unsuccessful in challenging Valadao. For a time it looked like her next step would be a 31st Assembly District run to replace Henry T. Perea, a Fresno Democrat who is termed out next year.

Then came the Clinton campaign position.

Clinton’s campaign is based in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, but Renteria will be traveling much of the time.