SACRAMENTO – Senate Republicans today unanimously approved a timeline for an orderly Leadership transition, electing Senator Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) as Senate Republican Leader-Elect. Senator Fuller will work with current Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) over the next eight months. She will become the Senate’s first woman Republican Leader on November 1, 2015.
“Jean Fuller is a respected legislator who has earned the trust of our Caucus during her time in the State Senate, and after handily winning re-election last fall she is a great choice to serve as our next Republican Leader,” Senator Huff said. “She is highly thought of by Republicans and Democrats and I know she will build on the success we achieved last year by electing Republicans in three Democrat majority districts. Our goal remains to continue earning the trust of Californians, which will bring more balance to the Legislature. Jean will be an outstanding Leader and I’m thrilled to work with her during the transition period over the next few months. The people of California will be well served under her leadership.”
“Bob has led the Republican Caucus with distinction and I have been impressed with his term as leader,” said Republican Leader-Elect Fuller. “Over the next several months I look forward to working closely with him to ensure a smooth transition and to build upon his successes.”
Senator Fuller has been a member of the California Legislature since her election to the 32nd Assembly District in 2006. She was first elected to the Senate in 2010 and reelected in 2014 to represent the 16th Senate District.
Jean was born in Bakersfield and is a third generation native Californian.
Senator Fuller attended Bakersfield College, California State University Fresno and California State University Los Angeles. She continued her formal education at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she received her PhD. She supplemented her education with coursework and seminars at the University of Southern California, Harvard University, and Exeter College at Oxford University.
Prior to her election to the state legislature, Senator Fuller served as an educator in California for more than 30 years, including time as Superintendent of one of the largest K-8 school districts in the state.
Recently, Senator Fuller was recognized by the Association of California Water Agencies and awarded their Legislative Leadership Award for her work on the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Act of 2014. Also, she was honored with TURN’s Sylvia Siegel Consumer Champion Award for protecting Central Valley residents from summertime rate hikes.