Hannah-Beth Jackson

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Hannah-Beth Jackson
Member of the California State Senate
from the 19th district
In office
December 3, 2012 – November 30, 2020
Preceded byTony Strickland
Succeeded byMonique Limón
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 35th district
In office
December 7, 1998 - November 30, 2004
Preceded byBrooks Firestone
Succeeded byPedro Nava
Personal details
Born (1950-05-19) May 19, 1950 (age 73)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseGeorge Eskin
EducationScripps College (BA)
Boston University (JD)

Hannah-Beth Jackson (born May 19, 1950) is an American politician who served in the California State Senate from 2012 to 2020. A Democrat, she represented 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.

Early life and education[edit]

Jackson was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 19, 1950.[2] In 1971, Jackson received her bachelor of arts degree in Government and Sociology from Scripps College in Claremont, California. In 1975, Jackson earned her Juris Doctor degree from Boston University School of Law.[3][2]


Jackson has practiced law in Santa Barbara and Ventura County for 20 years.[3]

State Senate[edit]

Committees and caucuses[edit]

Jackson served as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management. She also served 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 also served as chair of the California Legislative Women's Caucus.


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 2018, Governor Brown signed into law her SB 826, which required gender diversity on California's corporate boards.[13]

In 2020, Jackson's SB 1383 to expand job protection for family leave to millions of Californians was signed into law by Governor Newsom.[14]

Awards and honors[edit]

Jackson has received "Legislator of the Year" awards from a wide range of organizations, including the Consumer Federation of California, Congress of California Seniors, California League of Conservation Voters, Californians Against Waste, National Organization for Women, and Junior League of California. She is the recipient of the California Women Lawyers's annual Fay Stender Award.[15] She was named the "state Senator shifting California's workplace culture" by the New York Times.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Jackson is married to retired Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge George Eskin. She has a daughter, Jennie, two stepchildren and six grandchildren.[3][2]


  1. ^ "November 4, 2008 - General Election - Statement of Vote - Elections & Voter Information - California Secretary of State". www.sos.ca.gov. Archived from the original on January 1, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson's Biography". Vote Smart. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c About Hannah-Beth Jackson
  4. ^ Meagher, Chris (19 October 2011). "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 (7 November 2012). "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. ^ Groves, Martha (2019-12-17). "How California's 'woman quota' is already changing corporate boards". CalMatters. Retrieved 2020-12-25.
  14. ^ Murphy, Katy. "California expands family leave protections to millions of small business workers". Politico PRO. Retrieved 2020-12-25.
  15. ^ "Awards". Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  16. ^ Gupta, Alisha Haridasani (2020-09-23). "Meet the State Senator Shifting California's Workplace Culture". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-12-25.

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