Jim Beall (California politician)

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Jim Beall
Jim Beall 2011.jpg
Beall in 2011
Member of the California State Senate
from the 15th district
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Preceded by Elaine Alquist (redistricted)
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 24th district
In office
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2012
Preceded by Rebecca Cohn
Succeeded by Rich Gordon
Member of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors from the 4th District
In office
December 5, 1994 – December 4, 2006
Preceded by Rod Diridon
Succeeded by Ken Yeager
Personal details
Born James Thomas Beall, Jr.
(1952-12-07) December 7, 1952 (age 63)
San Jose, California
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Pat Lafkas
Residence San Jose, California
Alma mater San Jose State University
Occupation Politician

James Thomas "Jim" Beall, Jr. (born December 7, 1951) is an American Democratic politician. He currently serves in the California State Senate representing the 15th district.

On July 9, 1983, he and Patricia F. "Pat" Lafkas were married. He has two stepsons, Gregory B. Chubb (born November 7, 1967) and Mark J. Chubb (born June 16, 1970). Beall is a vegetarian.[1] Beall Jr. also graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Political Science.[2]

Local government[edit]

Beall served on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors from 1994 until 2006, prior to which he served 14 years on the San Jose City Council. As a councilman and county supervisor, Beall served two decades on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, where he lobbied commissioners to select the extension of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system to San Jose as a top priority project, enabling it to eventually receive $900 million in federal funding. In the spring of 2012, Valley Transportation Authority and BART officials broke ground on the extension.

2012 elections[edit]

In 2011, Beall announced his candidacy for the new District 15 seat of the California State Senate. He won the June 2012 primary election, finishing more than 11 percent ahead of his opponent, fellow Democrat Joe Coto, and again in the general election in November 2012, defeating Coto 57% to 42%.[1].


  • American Psychiatric Association – Jacob Javits Public Service Award, 2009
  • The ARC of California – Bulldog Award, 2012
  • California Small Business Association – Summa Cum Laude Award, 2009
  • Campaign for College Opportunity – Champion of College Opportunity, 2009
  • National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter – California Public Citizen of the Year, 2011
  • Planned Parenthood Mar Monte – Legislator of the Year, 2011
  • Women’s Foundation of California – Champion Award, 2011
  • Silicon Valley Legal Advocates for Youth – LACY Award, 2011


  1. ^ Thomas, Mat (October 2010). "Meat-Free Politicians". VegNews. San Francisco: Joseph Connelly. Archived from the original on 2011-04-18. Retrieved 2011-04-18. Jim Beall may look like he routinely scarfs down steaks at every meal, but no—he's been meatless since 1993. 
  2. ^ "SJSU Distinguished Alumni". sjsu.edu. Retrieved 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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