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The Board's five members serve concurrent four-year terms as the nation's only elected tax commission. Their popular election ensures that the Board's tax program administration remains directly accountable to the people. Four members are elected by district. The fifth member, the State Controller, is elected at large and serves in an ex officio capacity.
Betty T. Yee, First District Counties of Alameda, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Trinity, Yolo, and a portion of Santa Barbara
Ms. Yee was elected to the Board of Equalization in 2006, and represents the First Equalization District.and its 21 counties in northern and central California, including the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Ms. Yee has over 28 years of experience in public service, specializing in state and local finance. Ms. Yee previously served as Chief Deputy Director for Budget with the California Department of Finance where she led the development of the Governor's Budget, negotiations with the Legislature and key budget stakeholders, and fiscal analyses of legislation on behalf of the Administration. Prior to this, she served in senior staff positions for several fiscal and policy committees in both houses of the California State Legislature. A native of San Francisco, Ms. Yee received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Master's Degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University, San Francisco.
For more information see Betty T. Yee's Home Page.
George Runner, Second District Counties of Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yuba, and portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Santa Barbara
Elected in November 2010, George Runner represents the 2nd District of the Board of Equalization. Prior to his election to the Board, Runner served twelve years in the State Legislature. Mr. Runner and his wife, former Assembly Member Sharon Runner, are the authors of Jessica's Law, which created some of the toughest and most comprehensive sex offender management and control laws in the nation. He also authored the well-known California Amber Alert, which has resulted in more than 200 successful reunions of children with their parents, as well as California's Blue Alert, which uses Amber Alert technology when a peace officer has been killed, seriously wounded or assaulted with a deadly weapon and the suspect has fled the scene. Prior to his election to the State Senate in 2004, Runner served in the State Assembly for three terms, from 1996 to 2002, as Vice Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee. Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Runner served on the Lancaster City Council, including two years as mayor. George and Sharon Runner are the first husband and wife in California history to have served concurrently in the Legislature. They are proud parents of their son, Micah, daughter-in-law, Sandy, daughter Rebekah, son-in-law James, and four grandchildren.
For more information see George Runner's Home Page.
Michelle Steel, Third District Third Board of Equalization District, including the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego.
Elected to the Board of Equalization in 2006, Michelle Steel serves as the country's highest ranking Korean-American officeholder and California's highest ranking Republican woman. A successful businesswoman and longtime taxpayer advocate, Michelle Steel represents more than eight million people in the Third District, which includes the counties of Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, and portions of Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties.
For more information see Michelle Steel's Home Page.
Jerome E. Horton, Fourth District Fourth Board of Equalization District, includes 73 cities of the 88 cities in the County of Los Angeles.
Currently serves as the Chairman of the California State Board of Equalization. In July 2009, he was appointed to the Board of Equalization by the Governor and confirmed with overwhelming support by both the California State Senate and Assembly. Mr. Horton brings to the Board twenty-one years of prior Board of Equalization experience as business tax law specialist and a keen understanding of public policy as a former member of the California State Assembly and Inglewood City Council. Mr. Horton’s appointment to the Board is historic in that he is the first member to join the Board with twenty-one years of prior Board of Equalization experience, the first African American to serve on the Board in its history and the third African American California Constitutional Officer.
For more information see Jerome Horton's Home Page.
John Chiang, California State Controller As State Controller, he presides over the Franchise Tax Board and is a member of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) Board and the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) Board. These two funds have a combined portfolio of $300 billion.
John brings extensive experience and fiscal leadership to the Office of the State Controller. He was first elected to the Board of Equalization in 1998. Since then, he has led with innovative and groundbreaking taxpayer-friendly services like the State’s free income tax return preparation service, ReadyReturn. As a member of the Board of Equalization, John represented 73 cities in Los Angeles County, including the City of Los Angeles. He was elected to his second four-year term in 2002. He has represented the Board of Equalization on the Franchise Tax Board and served as the chair of the Streamlined Sales Tax Project's Board of Governors.
John Chiang, State Controller