Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 4414 News & Views Magazine EDITION 1, 2016 TELL ME ABOUT YOUR PATH TO BECOMING A SENATOR IN THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE. I spent most of my career as an educator and school superin- tendent and never thought I’d be in the position I am today. After all, the closest I’d come to elected office was running for class vice president of my junior high school. But in 2006, I was encouraged to run for the Assembly by Kevin McCarthy, the current House Majority Leader and then-Assemblyman, and Bill Thomas, my former Bakersfield College Political Science Professor and the Congressman representing the area at the time. In considering the opportu- nity, I felt a passion to continue public service. It has been a tremendous honor to represent the residents of the south San Joaquin Valley, Indian Wells Valley, Antelope Valley and the Morongo Basin in the state legislature. WHAT SORT OF EXPERIENCES AS A LONGTIME EDUCATOR SHAPE YOUR ROLE IN THE LEGISLATURE? I had a lot on my plate as a superintendent, but first and foremost I constantly reminded myself to never lose sight of what was most important. As a superintendent, it was the best interests of the 28,000 students in my district. Today it is the residents of the 16th Senate District. Additionally, as the superintendent for one of the largest K-8 school districts in California, I learned to build teams and help those teams navigate toward shared goals. I also administered annual budgets of over $100 million, and because of this responsibility I understand that budgets are all about priorities. Finally, I was able to enhance my negotiating skills as superin- tendent since I negotiated with the respective unions. There is no doubt that these experiences helped me set lofty goals while keeping all California residents in mind. TELL ME ABOUT THE DISTRICT AND PEOPLE YOU REPRESENT. The residents of the 16th District are not only the‘backbone’ of California, but in many ways represent the‘backbone’of this nation. These hardworking people are major producers of energy for the Golden State. I’m proud to report that this region of the state accounts for about 10 percent of our country’s oil production. CLFP recently posed a number of questions to Senator Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) about herself, her work with CLFP and food processors and the importance of organizations like CLFP building relationships with legislators. Such relationship building is at the heart of CLFP’s mission. “When it comes to agriculture, my district not only feeds California but much of the country (and world!).” Building Relationshipswith with