The first in her family to attend college, Jean Fuller has dedicated her life and worked tirelessly to ensure others have the chance to share in her passion for education and the opportunity it affords.
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 usher in 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.
As a State Senator, Fuller works vigorously to represent the interest 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, which included many of her current constituents. Her tenure in the California Legislature has been marked by an effort to decrease the number of regulations that plague California business and prevent them from hiring workers. Jean believes that putting more people to work and solving each Californian’s personal budget crisis is the 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 a solution to California’s ongoing water crisis so that families, farmers, and businesses have adequate water supplies.
A commitment to education and the values of persistence and hard work have long defined Jean’s life.
Senator Fuller currently serves as both the Vice Chair of the Rules Committee and the Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee in addition to her membership 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 groups who seeks to provide a unified voice to citizens in 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.
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 Bakersfield City School District, the largest K-8 school district in the State of California. During that time, Jean 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.
A commitment to education and the values of persistence and hard work have long defined Jean’s life. 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.
Jean lives in Bakersfield with her husband, Russell, a retired engineer.