Jean Fuller

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Jean Fuller
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California State Senate District 18
In office
December 6, 2010-Present
Term ends
December 16, 2014
Years in position 4
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 terms
Prior offices
California State Assembly
Bachelor'sCalifornia State University, Fresno, 1972
Associate'sBakersfield College, 1970
Master'sCalifornia State University, Los Angeles, 1982
Ph.D.University of California, Santa Barbara, 1989
BirthdayApril 16, 1950
Place of birthBakersfield, CA
Office website
Jean Fuller is a Republican member of the California State Senate, representing District 18. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Fuller served as Superintendent of the Bakersfield City School District from 1999-2006, Superintendent of Keppel Union School District from 1990-1999 and Assistant Superintendent from 1988-1990.

She is a member of the Association of California School Administrators Advisory Council, California School Boards Administration, California State Allocation Board, Institute for Education Reform, Jim Burke Education Leaders Forum, Kern County Adult Literacy Council Board and the Republican Working Group on Education.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Fuller served on the following committees:

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy, Utilities and Communications
Environmental Quality, Vice-chair
Natural Resources and Water
Rules, Vice-chair
Legislative Audit
Joint Rules


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Fuller served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Fuller served on these committees while a member of the California State Assembly:


Fuller's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 253 - Career technical education: pilot program
  • AB 306 - Elections: voter pamphlets
  • AB 403 - Dental hygienists: examinations and licensure

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Legislation that Fuller is sponsoring in the 2012 legislative session includes SCA 19 and SB 1269. These are bills that would change the way that ballot titles are written in California. She says, "SCA 19 and SB 1269 will turn over the job of writing the official ballot titles and summaries to the state's legislative analyst, an office established by the Legislature that has provided unbiased fiscal and policy advice to the Legislature for more than 70 years and is already charged with drafting a fair and balanced analysis of each and every ballot measure...This shouldn't be a partisan issue. The soundness of our electoral process is compromised when the ballot title and summary is partial or impossible to understand. While initiatives themselves are inherently political, the ballot titles and summaries should not be. The voters deserve a fair analysis of the issues."[2]

Political Courage test

Fuller provided answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. When asked her legislative priorities she responded:

  • "Balanced, on-time budget"
  • "Educational reforms, such as more career and technical training, local control and financial flexibility."
  • "Water infrastructure bond and distribution system"
  • "Inclusion of cost impact considerations during the implementation of AB 32 (greenhouse gas regulations)"[3]

Legislative scorecard

Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score.[4][5]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Fuller ranked as an 11.[6]



See also: California State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Incumbent Jean Fuller (R) was unopposed in the blanket primary and will face write-in candidate Ruth Musser-Lopez (D)[7] in the general election.[8][9]


Fuller was eligible but did not seek re-election in 2010. She instead ran for the district 18 seat of the California State Senate. She defeated Democrat Carter N. Pope in the November 2 general election.[10]

California State Senate, District 18 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jean Fuller (R) 166,051
Carter N. Pope (D) 75,229


In 2008 Fuller was re-elected to the California State Assembly District 32. Fuller (R) finished with 120,628 votes while her opponent Virginia Martinez (D) finished with 53,789 votes.[11]

California State Assembly District 32
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jean Fuller (R) 120,628
Virginia Martinez (D) 53,789

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Fuller is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Fuller raised a total of $1,830,790 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.[12]

Jean Fuller's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Senate, District 18 Not up for election $492,740
2010 California State Senate, District 18 Won $441,685
2008 California State Assembly, District 32 Won $296,956
2006 California State Assembly, District 32 Won $599,409
Grand Total Raised $1,830,790


Fuller was not up for election to the California State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Fuller raised a total of $492,740.
California State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jean Fuller's campaign in 2012
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians$7,800
Times Warner Cable$7,800
Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians$7,800
Philip Morris$7,800
Edison International$7,500
Total Raised in 2012$492,740
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Fuller raised $441,685 in contributions.[13]

Her two largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Dental Association $13,200
Tulare County Medical Society $12,800


Below are Fuller's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[14]

Contributor 2008 total
Assoc of CA School Administrators $8,600
Diane Saunders Lake $7,200
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians $7,200
Philip Morris $7,200
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians $7,200


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in California

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In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[15]


In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[16]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Roy Ashburn
California State Senate District 18
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Assembly District 32
Succeeded by
Shannon Grove