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Bakersfield College alumna Senator Jean Fuller attended Bakersfield College in 1968 and 1969, and then transferred to California State University, Fresno to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree. Later, she earned a Master’s in Public Administration at California State University Los Angeles and a PhD in Educational Policy and Organizational Studies at UC Santa Barbara.
Keep in mind that like many Bakersfield College students, she was the first in her family to graduate from college.
For over 30 years after her own education, Jean Fuller dedicated her life to education. Dr. Jean Fuller taught every grade from Kindergarten to 12th grade and went on to school administration, eventually becoming Superintendent of Bakersfield City School District. During that time, the American Association of School Administrators named her California Superintendent of the Year.
Due to her desire to help improve the lives of those living in Bakersfield, Dr. Fuller began a new career in politics.
In 2006, she was elected to represent the 32nd Assembly District where she served two terms.
Then-Assemblywoman Fuller served as Chair of the Rural Caucus, a bipartisan group of 43 Assembly Members and Senators who provided a strong, united voice for residents of rural communities. It was in the California Assembly that Legislator Fuller began building the reputation for which she is widely known today: a leader who is respected on both sides of the political aisle.
She has become known as the person who brings disparate parties together and achieves consensus and resolution. Jean put those much vaunted skills to work by prioritizing expansion of career technical education programs very much needed by high school and community college students.
In 2010, voters elected Jean Fuller to the California State Senate. She continues to speak out on behalf of education and was recently named the California Communications Association Legislator of the Year. Additionally, she is the first Republican in 14 years to be named Presiding Officer over the State Senate.Jean Fuller has proven to be an educator, legislator, friend, and community servant. These are the considerable legacies of Bakersfield College Alumna Senator Jean Fuller.