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|First elected = [[California State Senate elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
|First elected = [[California State Senate elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
|Term limits = [[State legislatures with term limits|3 terms (6 years)]]
|Term limits = [[State legislatures with term limits|12 years]]
|Next election = November 8, 2016
|Next election = November 8, 2016
|Prior office = California State Assembly District 24
|Prior office = California State Assembly District 24

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James Beall Jr.
James Beall.gif
California State Senate District 15
In office
December 3, 2012-present
Term ends
December 5, 2016
Years in position 8
Base salary$95,291/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits12 years
Prior offices
California State Assembly District 24
Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
San Jose City Council
Bachelor'sSan Jose State University
Place of birthSan Jose, California
Office website
Campaign website
James "Jim" Beall Jr. is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 15. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

He previously served in the California State Assembly, representing District 24 from 2006 to 2012.

Beall served on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors from 1994-2006, and on the San Jose City Council from 1980-1994.

He is a member of a number of organizations, including the Californians for Better Transportation Board, Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Policy Advisory Board, Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, and the Paratransit Coordinating Council.[1]

Beall was ineligible to run for re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012 due to term limits. He is instead won election to the California State Senate.

Committee assignments


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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Banking and Financial Institutions
Budget and Fiscal Review
Governance and Finance
Public Employment and Retirement, Chair
Transportation and Housing
Legislative Audit


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Beall served on these committees:


Beall's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 115 - Adult Health Coverage Expansion Program
  • AB 217 - Medi-Cal: alcohol and drug screening
  • AB 244 - Health care coverage: mental health services

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

Political Courage test

Beall provided answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. When asked his legislative priorities he responded:

"Prison spending has increased 74% in the past few years and is draining the state's resources. Calilfornia incarcerates more of its citizens than any state in the union and has the highest recidivisim rate. Substance abuse is a factor in nearly every crime comitted. As Chair of the Select Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse I am focusing on improving California's response to this epidimic. If we don't do a much better job addressing this issue we will not have the resources to address our education, health, transportation and many other needs."[2]

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. [3],[4]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Beall ranked as a 94.[5]



See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

Beall won the 2012 election for California State Senate District 15. He and Joe Coto (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. Beall was victorious in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

California State Senate, District , General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Beall 56.7% 160,451
     Democratic Joe Coto 43.3% 122,345
Total Votes 282,796


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Beall won re-election to the 24th District Seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the June 8 primary. He defeated Republican Robert Chandler in the November 2 general election.[8]

California State Assembly, District 24 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Beall Jr. (D) 81,526
Robert Chandler (R) 50,087


In 2008 Beall was re-elected to the California State Assembly District 24. Beall (D) finished with 110,793 votes while his opponent Doug McNea (R) finished with 56,835 votes.[9] Beall raised $409,910 for his campaign fund.[10]

California State Assembly District 24
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Beall Jr. (D) 110,793
Doug McNea (R) 56,835

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Beall raised $247,422 in contributions. [11]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Teachers Association $15,600
California State Association Of Electrical Workers $9,700
Jim Beall For Assembly 2008 $8,512
California State Council Of Laborers $7,800


Below are Beall's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[12]

Contributor 2008 total
Jim Beall for Assembly 2006 $18,699
California State Council of Service Employees $14,400
California Teachers Association $14,400
California Dental Assoc $9,700
CA State Council of Laborers $9,200


Beall is married to his wife, Pat. He has two stepchildren.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sam Blakeslee (R)
California State Senate District 15
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Assembly District 24
Succeeded by
Rich Gordon (D)