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James Thomas Beall Jr. (born December 7, 1951) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Senate. A Democrat, he represents the 15th Senate District, which encompasses the South Bay and Silicon Valley.

Jim Beall
Jim Beall
Member of the California State Senate
from the 15th district
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Preceded byElaine Alquist (redistricted)
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 24th district
In office
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2012
Preceded byRebecca Cohn
Succeeded byRich Gordon
Member of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors from the 4th District
In office
December 5, 1994 – December 4, 2006
Preceded byRod Diridon
Succeeded byKen Yeager
Personal details
Born
James Thomas Beall Jr.

(1952-12-07) December 7, 1952 (age 66)
San Jose, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Pat Lafkas
ResidenceSan Jose, California
Alma materSan Jose State University

Prior to being elected to the State Senate in 2012, Beall served as a member of the California State Assembly representing the 24th Assembly District. Before his time in the Legislature, he served as a member of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, as well as a member of the San Jose City Council.

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Early life and educationEdit

James Thomas Beall Jr. was born on December 7, 1952 in San Jose, California. He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory[citation needed] and San Jose State University.[1]

Political careerEdit

Santa Clara County rolesEdit

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.[citation needed]

District 15 of California SenateEdit

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 and former Assemblyman Joe Coto, and again in the general election in November 2012, defeating Coto 57% to 42%.[2] He officially took the position on December 3, 2012, taking the role from his predecessor Elaine Alquist (after rezoning).[citation needed]

He is currently serving in the California State Senate as a Democrat representing the 15th Senate District, which encompasses the South Bay and Silicon Valley.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "James T. Beall, Jr. Collection". oac.cdlib.org. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  2. ^ [1].

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rod Diridon
Santa Clara County Supervisor, 4th District
December 5, 1994 – December 4, 2006
Succeeded by
Ken Yeager
Preceded by
Rebecca Cohn
California State Assemblyman, 24th District
December 4, 2006 - November 30, 2012
Succeeded by
Rich Gordon
Preceded by
Elaine Alquist
California State Senater, 15th District
December 3, 2012 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent