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Andal has been a long-time advocate for school reform. As a state legislator, he was a strong supporter of the California Charter Schools Act of 1992. This Act enacted the second State charter school law in the nation and more charter schools have been authorized under this law than any other in the nation. Mr. Andal has been a champion of the effort to close the achievement gap negatively effecting children from low socioeconomic backgrounds in large urban school districts. While a member of the Lincoln Unified School District, Mr. Andal championed reforms that doubled the hours of instruction in math and English for children that were less than proficient and from low income backgrounds. These reforms doubled the number of children on free and reduced lunch programs that became proficient at math and English. He served on the California State Assembly Education Committee, was an elected member of the Lincoln Unified School District Board of Trustees, a member of the San Joaquin County Board of Education, and a founding trustee of John McCandless Charter STEM school in Stockton, California.
Andal was the founder and President of Andal Communications, a bank and real estate marketing company. He was a member of the Board of Directors and Audit committee for Service 1st Bancorp in Stockton, CA. He was a Director at KPMG, LLP (2002–04) and since 2009 a Director at PwC, LLP. <http://www.cob.sjsu.edu/acct&fin/tax-institute/2012PolicySpeakers/Dean_Andal.pdf>
After his election to the San Joaquin County Board of Education in 1990, he won an upset 1991 special election to the California State Assembly in an overwhelmingly Democrat registered district. The Assembly district had not elected a Republican in over 20 years. He compiled a conservative record and was appointed Chief Budget Negotiator for the Assembly Republican Caucus. He was reelected to a full term in 1992 in the closest State Assembly race in California, and was named Legislator of the Year by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, National Tax Limitation Committee, and Crime Victims United. In 1994 he was elected to the five member California Board of Equalization, California's tax board, and was reelected to a second term in 1998, serving as its chairman. In 2002, he ran for California State Controller and finished second in the Republican primary. From 2004 to 2008, served on the Lincoln Unified School Board. On November 4, 2008, Andal ran for Congress in California's 11th district and was defeated by the incumbent.
Andal was born on October 23, 1959 in Salem, Oregon to Gene and Carolyn Andal. He graduated from Newbury Park High School in 1977, the University of California, San Diego (BA) , and the University of the Pacific (MA, Curriculum & Instruction). He and his wife, Kari, have one son, Patrick, and reside in Stockton, California.
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