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League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California

Senado Estatal de CaliforniaCandidato para Distrito 19

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Hannah-Beth Jackson

Senador estatal
224,834 votos (63.1%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Garantizar que continuemos haciendo crecer nuestra economía al crear empleos bien pagados y proporcionar educación de la mayor calidad para garantizar que una fuerza laboral bien capacitada esté lista para ocuparlos.
  • Mejorar el acceso a la educación temprana y el cuidado infantil y a la educación de calidad para los alumnos, y garantizar que cada alumno tenga la oportunidad de buscar una educación de calidad sin incurrir en una deuda abrumadora para hacerlo.
  • Proteger nuestro medio ambiente al garantizar aire y agua limpios, reducir nuestra dependencia en el petróleo y la energía no sustentable.



Profesión:Senador estatal de California
Senador estatal, Senado Estatal de California — Cargo elegido (2012–actual)
Miembro de la Asamblea Estatal, Asamblea Estatal de California — Cargo elegido (1998–2004)
Socio administrador;, Bufete jurídico de Eskin & Jackson (1981–1998)


Boston University, Scripps College Juris Doctor, Boston University School of Law; Licenciatura, Scripps College, Leyes, Ciencias Políticas, Sociología (1975)
Scripts College, Claremont, CA.; Escuela de Derecho de la Boston University Licenciatura en Derecho (Juris Doctor),, Gobierno/Sociología; Derecho (1975)

Actividades comunitarias

Founder and member, Coalition Against Gun Violence (1990–current)
Board Member, Women's Economic Ventures (WEV) (2008–2011)
Founder, President, Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee, (1981–1988)
Founder, Domestic Violence Solutions ( originally Violence in the Family Project) (1976–1977)


State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson is a former prosecutor, educator, and small business owner who has lived in the 19th State Senate district for over 35 years. She was first elected to the California State Senate in 2012, representing all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County — and previously represented parts of both counties in the State Assembly from 1998 to 2004.

Jackson has proven her ability to work with Democrats and Republicans throughout her legislative career — and has written more than 80 substantive bills that have been signed by Governors from both parties.

The Huffington Post recently named Hannah-Beth Jackson as one of eleven women around the country “blazing new trails” in American politics. Perhaps best known as the author of the California Fair Pay Act — the landmark legislation that established the strongest equal pay law in the nation — Jackson has proven to be one of the most effective legislators in tackling the issues most important to the people of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, if not throughout California. She’s a leader in protecting the environment and our coast, advancing legislation to reduce gun violence, championing equality for women, advocating for commuter rail to reduce traffic, improving access to early childhood education, protecting consumers and supporting veterans, among other issues.

Jackson was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Ventura County chapter and over the years has been named “Legislator of the Year” by many organizations, including:


American Legion, California Chapter

National Organization for Women, California

California League of Conservation Voters

Consumer Federation of California

Californians Against Waste

Congress of California Seniors

Junior League of California

Mothers Against Drunk Drivers


In the Senate, she is chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, and serves on the Environmental Quality Committee and the Natural Resources and Water Committee. She also chairs the Select Committee on Passenger Rail and vice-chairs the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management.

A graduate of Scripps College in Claremont, California with a joint major in government and sociology, Jackson received her law degree from Boston University Law School before returning to California to work as a deputy district attorney for Santa Barbara County. Eventually, she became the managing partner for the Law Offices of Eskin and Jackson, with offices in Ventura and Santa Barbara.

Jackson served as the first policy-maker in residence at UC Santa Barbara, and served as adjunct professor at Antioch University. She co-founded and helped establish the Santa Barbara Shelter Services for Women (now known as Domestic Violence Solutions) and Women Against Gun Violence. She is also a founding member and past president of the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee.

Hannah-Beth is married to retired Superior Court Judge George Eskin. She has a daughter, two stepchildren and six grandchildren.

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (4)

Climate changes and the continuing drought worry many in California. What new strategies do you believe would ensure that California is able to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific.
Respuesta de Hannah-Beth Jackson:

I support creation of a groundwater management program that acknowledges that clean, safe water is a right, not a privilege and that water does not belong to any one group, entity or so-called water rights holders. In a state with severe weather and frequent droughts, water should not be considered a commodity for sale, but a right to be protected for everyone. The state has, shockingly, never had a groundwater management program and as a result, we still have the “wild west" when it comes to water. I think we need to continue towards a system that eliminates incentives to waste water, in both agriculture and urban use. And I believe in investment in conservation, as well as planning policies that more responsibly take into account strains on our water supply created by new development, new agricultural and new industrial uses.


There is no greater long term challenge than global warming. I helped fight to pass SB 32 and SB 350, as they passed but also in their stronger forms. I believe that these are well-balanced approaches that don’t stifle progress and job growth. In fact, many climate change olives have led to the creation of thousands and thousands of clean technology and green energy jobs.


Many Californians are concerned about the influence of money in politics. What can the state legislature do to ensure that decision-making by elected officials is not swayed by moneyed interests at the expense of constituents?
Respuesta de Hannah-Beth Jackson:

We need to keep the pressure on the US Congress to overturn the right-wing court's decision in Citizen's United. I have been a leader in the effort calling upon Congress to take that action and I believe a newly constituted Supreme Court will overturn that decision. While it is an important start, unless and until we remove the powerful money players from politics, decision-making will either be swayed by those who have the financial resources to influence campaigns, or the public will continue to believe and perceive that money is buying decision-makers and the policies that are implemented by our elected officials.



 While I believe that most of my colleagues are committed to doing what is in the best interests of their constituents, the influences of the powerful moneyed-interests are still impacting what should be decision-making for the people, not the corporations and special interests they control. I have and will continue to support public financing of elections, but recognize that as long as money is deemed to be speech, the ability to remove money from the process is quite limited.  If people know who is behind an issue or a candidate, the better the opportunity to expose those influences.In the meantime, the more transparency we can create, the better for our democracy.

There are a variety of proposals to raise California's minimum wage. Many of these proposals face opposition from business groups who are concerned that they would kill jobs. Do you support increasing the minimum wage in California?  In your answer please explain your position on the relationship between wages and jobs with specific reference to the situation in your district. 
Respuesta de Hannah-Beth Jackson:

I supported and voted for the increase in the minimum wage. Historically, when wages are increased, the economy has improved. When people have money to spend, they will and our local businesses will thrive as people demand the goods and services that make our economy flourish. This is true in the 19th district as well. When people have money in their pockets, they spend it and our local businesses, restaurants, tourist economy and service industries are the beneficiaries of this spending.

What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending? 
Respuesta de Hannah-Beth Jackson:

1-We need to protect and ensure our investment in our education system---from early care and education through higher education

2-We need to provide a 21st century infrastructure with quality streets, roads, public transit and servicesto assure that we can transport goods and services quickly and effectively while reducing our carbon footprint to well-below 1990 levels, as required by the passage of SB 32 and other legislation I supported during the past year to address global climate change.


3- Reform our criminal justice system's dependence on expensive and failed incarceration policies that have cost the state billions of dollars without rehabilitating prisoners so they can re-enter society as law-abiding and contributing members of our communities once they are released. 

¿Quién proporcionó dinero a este candidato?


Dinero total recaudado: $692,674

Principales contribuyentes que dieron dinero para apoyar al candidato, por organización:

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
California State Council of Laborers
SEIU California
SEIU Local 1000
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein and employees

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Por estado:

California 97.22%
District of Columbia 1.39%
Virginia 0.43%
Missouri 0.33%
Other 0.62%

Por tamaño:

Contribuciones grandes (99.60%)
Contribuciones pequeñas (0.40%)

Por tipo:

De organizaciones (58.04%)
De individuos (41.96%)
Fuente: Análisis de datos de la Secretaría del Estado de California de MapLight.

Creencias poliza

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Blazing new trails for women


An advocate for women and the needs of families.

Perhaps best known as the author of the California Fair Pay Act, Jackson began her advocacy for women decades ago. She was inspired as an eight year old, when she wasn’t allowed to join a team in her local Little League baseball because she was a girl, despite her athletic prowess! After college (where she played intercollegiate tennis) and law school, Jackson returned to California and became a Deputy District Attorney in Santa Barbara, where she prosecuted domestic violence and other crimes. She served on the California Commission on the Status of Women, and helped develop state policies regarding domestic violence and violence against women, child care, and equality in education and the workplace. Jackson went into private law practice, but continued her leadership as a co-founder of the Santa Barbara Shelter Services for Women (now known as Domestic Violence Solutions), Women Against Gun Violence, and the Santa Barbara Womens Political Committee. 

Senator Jackson now serves as the Chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus — and in that position has successfully pursued a progressive path including domestic violence prevention, family leave, access to child care and early childhood education and pay equality. 

This past year, Jackson beat all the odds by writing and winning passage of the California Fair Pay Act — the landmark legislation that established the strongest equal pay law in the nation. She pulled together a broad coalition women and business leaders including minimum wage earners and home health care workers and film and television actresses and producers and workers from all walks of life. High-profile women including Patricia Arquette and Jennifer Lawrence bravely spoke out on behalf of pay inequality, providing timely leadership and a boost in public opinion in support of Jacksons California Fair Pay Act, also known as Senate Bill 358. Because of her work on pay equality, the Huffington Post recently named Hannah-Beth Jackson as one of eleven women around the country blazing new trails in American politics. 

Senator Jackson also wrote legislation, which passed the Senate and is pending in the Assembly, that would ensure that all Californians who work for companies of 10 or more can take 12 weeks of new parent leave without losing their jobs. To qualify for the leave, the employee must have worked for their employer for a full year and more than half-time. The New Parent Leave Act, would guarantee job-protected maternity and paternity leave for most Californians, benefiting new mothers, fathers and adoptive parents. 

Senator Jackson authored the Yes Means Yes legislation, which creates an affirmative consent standard on college campuses to help combat sexual assault. She also authored a bill which allows  Community Colleges to suspend, expel or remove students who have committed sexual assault even if the victim does not attend the same school or the incident did not occur on campus. 

As a former deputy district attorney who prosecuted domestic violence cases, Jackson has written some of the most important laws protecting victims and preventing further violence. During the last legislative session, she successfully carried the resolution in support of the federal Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. 


A strong defender of reproductive choice, Jackson was recognized with the Reproductive Health Initiative award by American Medical Womens Association and the Giraffe Award for sticking your neck out for reproductive choice by Planned Parenthood Action Fund Tri-Counties Chapter.

Fighting for cleaner air and water — and protecting our coast


State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson is the Legislatures leader in the fight to protect Californias clean air and water, our beaches and open spaces.

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson is the Legislatures leader in the fight to protect Californias clean air and water, our beaches and open spacesand she co-authored the most important legislation to promote alternative energy and green jobs. During her service in the Assembly, she chaired the Assembly Natural Resources and Environmental Safety Committees, and wrote the law banning risky oil barges along our coast.

To prevent another accident like the May 19, 2015 Refugio Oil Spill, Jackson wrote and got passed critical legislation to require annual pipeline inspections (SB 295) and to dramatically improve coordination in response to future oil spills. She also wrote legislation, which passed the Senate and is pending in the Assembly, to monitor and cap Californias old, abandoned and leaking oil wells. It is estimated that there are more than 200 of these so-called legacy wells in California, the majority located along the Summerland and Ellwood beaches in Santa Barbara County and along the Central Coast.

Senator Jackson introduced a bill to ban private, ex parte communications with California Coastal Commissioners. This legislation is needed more now than ever, in the aftermath of the controversial firing of the Coastal Commission's executive director. It passed the Senate and is currently pending in the Assembly.

Jackson also is a leader in working for smart transportation solutions that will reduce air pollution. She is leading the effort to establish a commuter rail line along our coast. As chair of the Senate Select Committee on Passenger Rail, she has been working with the Governors office and the California State Transportation Agency to retime a train to run along the Highway 101 corridor during commute hours to help people get to their jobs.


Jackson worked to improve the Birth Defects Monitoring Act and successfully fought to regulate the use of pesticides near schools and communities. Shell continue to fight for strong standards in monitoring the water we drink and the air we breathe to protect Californians for years to come.

Senator Jackson was named Environmental Hero by Santa Barbaras Environmental Defense Center, Legislator of the Year by the California League of Conservation Voters, and both Guardian of the Coast and Coastal Champion. She earned Clean Water Action's Water Champion Award 


Thats why Hannah-Beth Jackson is supported by the Sierra Club and the California League of Conservation Voters and hundreds of local environmental leaders.

Champion for education


Senator Jackson stands up to make education a top priority and works to expand our state’s investment in our schools, colleges and universities, because she understands that public education is what really made California the Golden State. She is dedicated to restoring excellence and opportunity for all.

Senator Jackson has been named “Outstanding Public Official” by both the California Teachers Association and the California School Employees Association for a reason. She always stands up to make education the top priority and works to expand our state’s investment in our schools, colleges and universities, because she understands that public education is what really made California the Golden State. She is dedicated to restoring excellence and opportunity for all. 

This year, as Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, she played a leading role in securing funding for early childhood education, because all the evidence shows that children who start on the right educational path are in the best position to succeed, be self-sufficient and contribute to our economy. 

Jackson wrote legislation to help recruit, train and retain quality teachers — because quality teachers are the key to an effective education at all levels. 

She believes in coordinating education with our economic needs, and wrote the legislation signed by the Governor that provided funding to local community colleges for nurse training pilot projects. To address shortages in the nursing profession, the community colleges provided training to licensed nurses, including training in the nursing specialty areas of critical care, emergency, obstetrics, pediatrics, neonatal intensive care, and operating room nursing. 


And to assist long-term unemployed get quality technical and vocational training, Senator Jackson improved the Cal Grant program.

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