FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 27, 2015
CONTACT: Tom Collins @ 916-651-4016
Senator Fuller to Serve as Senate Republican Leader
First Woman to Lead Senate Republicans
Senate Republicans decided to ask Senator Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) to move into the role of Senate Republican Leader effective today. Sen. Fuller was elected to be the next Leader in February 2015, with unanimous support. Today, the Caucus members moved the date up from November 1.
Senator Fuller will become the Senate’s first woman Republican Leader in California’s history.
“I am humbled to have the support and confidence of my colleagues,” said Senator Jean Fuller. “It is my privilege and honor to serve in these challenging times. My commitment to California families is unwavering.”
Sen. Fuller thanked Senator Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) for his leadership and service.
For an audio clip from today’s announcement follow this link:
Senator Jean Fuller’s Biography
First elected in 2006, Fuller was immediately recognized as a leader by her colleagues and has used her administrative experience to make impactful decisions that focus on increased efficiency and making California more affordable.
Her tireless dedication to providing a voice for the constituents in which she represents has been recognized through numerous awards and commendations such as: Legislative Leadership Award – the California Water Agencies, TURN’s Sylvia Siegel Consumer Champion Award, California Business Properties Association’s Legislator of the Year, and “A” ratings from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association as well as the National Rifle Association. She is also held in high regard by the California Chamber of Commerce for her strong opposition to job-killer bills and commitment to small business.
A passionate leader, much of Fuller’s career in the California State Legislature has been focused on improving California’s economy through commonsense reforms and smart fiscal policies. Fuller, a proponent for smaller government, focuses on job creation and working-class opportunities with investments in infrastructure and natural assets.
A California native, Jean Fuller was born in Bakersfield. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and participated in seminars and course work at the University of Southern California, Harvard University, and Exeter College at Oxford University in England. She was an educator for 32 years prior to coming to the Legislature nine years ago.
As the Senator for California’s 16th State Senate District, Fuller represents parts of the San Joaquin Valley, Indian Wells Valley, Morongo Basin and the Antelope Valley. Jean Fuller and her husband, Russell Fuller, a retired administrator, pilot and family farmer, have been married for 43 years and continue to call Bakersfield home.
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State Senator Fuller represents the 16th Senate District, which is comprised of large portions of Kern, Tulare and San Bernardino Counties including the communities of Bakersfield, Barstow, California City, Exeter, Frazier Mountain, Joshua Tree, Mojave, Needles, Ridgecrest, Rosamond, Taft, Tehachapi, Twentynine Palms, Tulare, Visalia, Yucca Valley and areas in the Kern River Valley