Hannah-Beth Jackson

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Hannah-Beth Jackson
Hannah Beth Jackson Ocean Photo.jpg
Member of the California State Senate
from the 19th district
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Preceded byTony Strickland
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 35th district
In office
Preceded byBrooks Firestone
Succeeded byPedro Nava
Personal details
Born (1950-05-19) May 19, 1950 (age 68)
Boston, Massachusetts
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)George Eskin
ResidenceSanta Barbara, California
Alma materScripps College (BA)
Boston University (JD)

Hannah-Beth Jackson (born May 19, 1950) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Senate. A Democrat, she represents the 19th Senate District, encompassing Santa Barbara County and most of Ventura County.

Jackson ran for the 19th Senate District in 2008, but narrowly lost to Republican Tony Strickland.[1] After Strickland chose not to pursue reelection to the State Senate in 2012 in order to mount an unsuccessful run for the U.S. House of Representatives, Jackson was elected to succeed him. In 2016 she was reelected to a second term. Before her election to the State Senate, Jackson served in the California State Assembly from 1998 to 2004, representing the 35th Assembly District.

Jackson served as Chair of the California Legislative Women's Caucus from 2015 to 2016. She is also a member of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus. Jackson is a former prosecutor, the co-founder of two nonprofit organizations, and also served as an adjunct professor at Antioch University.

Personal life[edit]

Jackson is married to retired Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge George Eskin. She has a daughter, two stepchildren, and six grandchildren. The family has resided in the district for more than 35 years.[2]

Hannah-Beth Jackson received her bachelor's degree in Government and Sociology from Scripps College. After receiving her bachelor's degree, she went on to law school at Boston University and received her Juris Doctor. She opened a law practice in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties that operated for 20 years.[2]

Legislative work[edit]

She is the author of Senate Bill 358, the California Fair Pay Act, landmark legislation to strengthen California's equal pay law, and was named by Huffington Post as one of 11 women around the country "blazing new trails" in American politics. Jackson currently serves as chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management. She also serves as a member of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water, the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee and the Senate Public Safety Committee. She is immediate past chair of the California Legislative Women's Caucus.

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Jackson has received Legislator of the Year awards from a wide range of organizations and is the recipient of the prestigious California Women Lawyer's Fay Stender Award, given annually to an attorney committed to affecting positive change with "zest, humanity (and) personal courage" who serves as a role model for women. Jackson was named "Legislator of the Year" by the Consumer Federation of California for her advocacy on behalf of consumers, particularly in the areas of health care and privacy rights. Jackson was also named "Legislator of the Year" by the Congress of California Seniors for advocacy against elder abuse and health care issues and by the California League of Conservation Voters for her focus on natural resources and public health. She was named "Legislator of the Year" by the National Organization for Women for advancing women's health issues and equal opportunity and by the Junior League of California for her work on domestic violence and issues affecting children. Californians Against Waste named her legislator of the year after the passage of her bills to do with pesticide use and the recycling of electronic-waste. Other awards include "Guardian of the Coast" from Vote the Coast, the "Outstanding Public Service Award" by the California School Employees Association and the Planned Parenthood "Giraffe award" - for sticking her neck out and helping others.[3]

State Senate (2012-present)[edit]

On October 18, 2011, Jackson announced that she would run for the California State Senate's 19th District seat.[4] She was endorsed by the California Democratic Party, the Sierra Club, the California Teachers Association, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) State Council, the California League of Conservation Voters, and the California Democratic Council, along with over 90 additional endorsements.[5][6] Jackson won the general election on November 6, 2012, and took the oath of office on December 3.[7][8]

In 2013, Jackson introduced a bill allow 16-year-olds to pre-register to vote.[9] Senate Bill 113 was passed and signed into law in 2014, and took effect in 2017.[10] Now 16- and 17-year-olds in California can pre-register to vote online.

In 2015 the California Fair Pay Act, her equal pay bill, was signed into law. It is one of the toughest pay equity laws in the nation.[11] The law ensures that employees are not paid more for substantially similar work because of their gender.

In 2016 Huffington Post named Jackson one of 11 women around the country "blazing new trails" in American politics.[12]

In 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law her SB 63, the New Parent Leave Act, to provide 12 weeks of job-protected maternity and paternity leave for California employees who work for companies with 20 or more employees.

In 2019, Hannah Beth-Jackson announced that only "gender neutral" pronouns will be allowed during committee hearings.[13]


  1. ^ http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sov/2008_general Archived January 1, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b About Hannah-Beth Jackson
  3. ^ "Awards". Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  4. ^ Meagher, Chris. "Hannah-Beth Jackson Announces Candidacy". independent.com. Santa Barbara Independent, Inc. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  5. ^ Endorsements
  6. ^ About Hannah-Beth Jackson
  7. ^ Magnoli, Giana. "Hannah-Beth Jackson Wins State Senate Seat, May Give Democrats Supermajority". noozhawk.com. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Hannah-Beth Jackson Takes the Oath as Senator for 19th Senate District". sd19.senate.ca.gov. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  9. ^ "Jackson Introduces Bill to Increase Young Voter Participation". Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  10. ^ "16- and 17-Year-Olds Can Now Pre-Register to Vote Online". YubaNet.com. 10 March 2017.
  11. ^ "California now has one of the toughest equal pay laws in the country". Los Angeles Times. 6 October 2015.
  12. ^ "These 11 Women Are Blazing New Trails In American Politics". Huffington Post. 8 March 2016.
  13. ^ https://www.dailywire.com/news/42389/watch-democrat-state-senator-announces-politically-amanda-prestigiacomo

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