A lifetime of experience as an educator, administrator, scholar, and public servant has contributed to Fuller’s success in both crafting and executing policy to bolster efficiency and get results. A go-getter with a proactive approach, her efforts to cut regulations and promote business-friendly practices have been met with success at both the local and state level.
A native of Kern County, Jean’s homegrown enthusiasm for her district propelled her to actively work to improve her community, as an educator, public servant, and community volunteer. Throughout her career, Jean has served on various boards and community organizations including the Kern County Network for Children, Kern County Adult Literacy Board, Kern County Museum Authority, Mayor’s Youth Development Coalition, Boys and Girls Club Board, and the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team.
Jean arrived at the Capitol steps with over 30 years of experience as both an educator in the Central Valley and as Superintendent of the largest K-8 school district in the State of California. During that time, Jean was responsible for the district’s $100 million budget, which had to be balanced yearly. Her vast scope of experience includes the oversight of 42 cafeterias serving 30,000 students breakfast and lunch. Additionally, Jean managed and ensured regulatory compliance of a transportation fleet larger than most regional cities. She also oversaw the formation of a strategic plan, which resulted in increased student achievement levels that exceeded the state average. Such a demonstrated commitment to success led the American Association of School Administrators to recognize her as Superintendent of the Year for the state of California.
As State Senator, Fuller works vigorously to represent the interests of her constituents, which stem from the agricultural-rich Kern and Tulare Counties, the desert communities of Inyo County, and the mountains of San Bernardino County. Prior to her term in the California State Senate, Jean Fuller spent four years in the State Assembly. Her tenure in the California Legislature has reflected her unwavering commitment to cutting regulations that plague California business and prevent them from hiring workers and growing. Jean believes that putting more people to work and getting government out of the way is key to California’s economic rebound. While in the Assembly, Jean dedicated her efforts toward expanding opportunities in career and technical education, reducing the tax burden on families, and finding real solutions to California’s ongoing water crisis so that families, farmers, and businesses have adequate water supplies.
Recently elected in a unanimous vote as the Senate Republican Leader, her record of leadership includes service as both the Vice Chair of the Rules Committee and the Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee. Additionally, she has also served on both the Natural Resources and Water Committee and the Environmental Quality Committee. As an Assemblywoman, she chaired the Legislature’s Rural Caucus, a bicameral and bipartisan group which seeks to provide a unified voice for California’s rural areas. Her willingness to work diligently to solve some of California’s greatest problems has led to recognition as the California Communications Association (CalCom) Legislator of the Year award in addition to receiving high scores annually from both the California Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business.
A deep commitment to education and the values of persistence and hard work have long defined Jean’s life. Learning these values early in life working in the family business, Jean’s parents started and owned a property management investment partnership. Jean and her husband Russell continue that work today. Russell also grew up working hard on his family’s farm.
Fuller attended Bakersfield College, California State University – Fresno, and California State University – LA, before completing her PhD at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her impressive resume is only bolstered by supplemental coursework and seminars at the University of Southern California, Harvard University, and Exeter College at Oxford University.
Married for over 40 years, Jean and her husband Russell, a retired engineer, reside in Bakersfield.