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|California State Senate Republican Leader|
August 27, 2015 – April 12, 2017
|Preceded by||Bob Huff|
|Succeeded by||Patricia Bates|
|Member of the California State Senate|
from the 16th district
18th district (2010–2014)
December 6, 2010 – November 30, 2018
|Preceded by||Roy Ashburn|
|Succeeded by||Shannon Grove|
|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 32nd district
December 4, 2006 – December 6, 2010
|Preceded by||Kevin McCarthy|
|Succeeded by||Shannon Grove|
Jeannie Lynn Guenther
April 16, 1950
|Alma mater||University of California, Santa Barbara|
California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Fresno
Jeannie Lynn "Jean" Fuller (née Guenther; born April 16, 1950) is a U.S. politician who served as the minority leader in the California State Senate. A Republican, she was previously a member of the California Assembly and the Superintendent of Schools for the Bakersfield City School District.
Background and education
Jean Fuller was born and raised in Kern County. She received her AA degree from Bakersfield College in 1970, her BA from California State University, Fresno in 1972, a Masters in Public Affairs from the California State University, Los Angeles in 1982 and her PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1989. She supplemented her education with coursework and seminars at the University of Southern California, Harvard University, and Exeter College at Oxford University. She served as an educator in the Central Valley for more than 30 years, including time as Superintendent of the Bakersfield City School District.
Fuller's professional and community leadership include the Kern County Museum Authority Board, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Jim Burke Education Leaders Forum, and the Kern County Superintendent's Administrative Advisory. Statewide leadership roles include the California School Boards Association, Association of School Administrators and the institute for Education Reform. Fuller was named California Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators in the 2004/2005 school year. Fuller earned national recognition for school improvement in 1998 when she was awarded the AASA Leadership for Learning Award.
First elected to the California State Legislature in 2006, Fuller represented the 32nd Assembly district, succeeding fellow Republican Kevin McCarthy, who was elected to Congress. Fuller went on to win the election for the California State Senate in for California's 16th State Senate district in 2010. The 16th district includes parts of Kern, Tulare, and San Bernardino Counties as well as all of Inyo County, and is one of the largest in California.
In 2015, Senator Fuller authored SB 111, "Securing Federal Funding for Schools that Serve Military Families." SB 111, which was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, provides a 20% matching of funds for 11 California schools near or on a military base, allocating $61 million in federal and state funds.
In 2012, Fuller authored SB 1367, the "Archery Hunting/Firearms Bill." This bill revised the archery provisions of the Fish and Game code to authorize a peace officer to carry a firearm while hunting deer, while prohibiting use of that firearm to illegally hunt deer. SB 1367 was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.
Fuller is term-limited from seeking reelection in 2018.
- "Bill Text - SB-111 School facilities: military installations". leginfo.legislature.ca.gov. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
- "Legislation | Jean Fuller". district16.cssrc.us. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
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