Hannah-Beth Jackson is an educator, former State Assemblymember, former Deputy District Attorney, and small business owner. She was elected to the California State Senate in 2012 to represent the 19th Senate District, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County.
From 1998 to 2004, she represented the 35th Assembly District in the State Assembly.
Hannah-Beth also co-founded two non-profit organizations, has served as policy-maker in residence at UC Santa Barbara and currently serves as adjunct professor at Antioch University.
In the Senate, she is chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and serves on key committees, including the Budget Committee, the Environmental Quality Committee and the Natural Resources Committee. She’s also chair of the Select Committee on Passenger Rail, the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management and vice-chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus.
During the six years she served in the State Assembly and now as a State Senator, Hannah-Beth has been an effective advocate for improving public education, increasing public safety, improving access to health care, promoting job growth in green industries and others, protecting the environment and protecting the privacy and rights of consumers.
During her time in the State Assembly, Hannah-Beth served as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Coastal Protection. She served as Chair of the bipartisan Legislative Women’s Caucus and was Chair of the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee from 1999-2002. She served on a number of standing committees including the Budget Committee, Judiciary Committee and the Higher Education Committee.
She worked with Democratic and Republican Governors, and authored more than 60 bills that were signed into law.
She was named “Legislator of the Year” by the Consumer Federation of California for her strong advocacy on behalf of consumers, particularly in the areas of health care and privacy rights. Jackson was also named “Legislator of the Year” by the Congress of California Seniors for advocacy against elder abuse and health care issues and “Environmental Hero” by the California League of Conservation Voters for her unwavering protection of our natural resources and public health. The California Teachers Association named her “Outstanding Public Official” for her leadership in improving our schools. She was named “Legislator of the Year” by the National Organization for Women for advancing women’s health issues and equal opportunity and by the Junior League of California for her work on domestic violence and issues effecting children. Californians Against Waste named her legislator of the year after the passage of her bills to do with pesticide use and the recycling of electronic- waste. Hannah-Beth earned other awards including “Guardian of the Coast” by Vote the Coast, the “Outstanding Public Service Award” by the California School Employees Association, and Planned Parenthood’s “Giraffe Award” for sticking her neck out to do what is right.
Hannah-Beth is married to retired Superior Court Judge George Eskin. She has a daughter, two stepchildren and five grandchildren. The family has resided in the district for more than 35 years.