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 by Tony Strickland
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 35th district
In office
Preceded by Brooks Firestone
Succeeded by Pedro Nava
Personal details
Born Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) George Eskin
Residence Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Alma mater Scripps College B.A.
Boston University J.D.

Hannah-Beth Jackson is a member of the California State Senate, representing the 19th District. She was previously a member of the California State Assembly from 1998-2004, representing the 35th Assembly district, which encompasses portions of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties for six years. Jackson is a former prosecutor, and the co-founder of two non-profit organizations. Jackson also served as an adjunct professor at Antioch University, and served as a policy maker in residence at UC Santa Barbara. [1] She ran for the 19th District State Senate seat in 2008 but lost by half a percentage point to Tony Strickland.[2]

Jackson is married to retired Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge George Eskin. She has a daughter, two stepchildren, and five grandchildren. The family has resided in the district for more than 35 years.[1]

Personal life[edit]

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

Legislative work[edit]

Jackson served as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Coastal Protection. She served as Chair of the bipartisan Legislative Women's Caucus and was Chair of the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee from 1999-2002.[citation needed] She served on a number of standing committees including the Budget Committee, Judiciary Committee and the Higher Education Committee.[citation needed]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

State Senate (2012-present)[edit]

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

In 2013, Jackson introduced a bill to pre-register 15-year-olds to vote.[8]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b About Hannah-Beth Jackson
  2. ^ http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sov/2008_general Archived January 1, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Meagher, Chris. "Hannah-Beth Jackson Announces Candidacy". independent.com. Santa Barbara Independent, Inc. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Endorsements
  5. ^ About Hannah-Beth Jackson
  6. ^ Magnoli, Giana. "Hannah-Beth Jackson Wins State Senate Seat, May Give Democrats Supermajority". noozhawk.com. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Hannah-Beth Jackson Takes the Oath as Senator for 19th Senate District". sd19.senate.ca.gov. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Jackson Introduces Bill to Increase Young Voter Participation". Retrieved 6 February 2013.