Senator Jim Beall

Senator Jim Beall

Chair, Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing

At both state and local government levels, Senator Jim Beall has amassed over 30 years of expertise and knowledge in transportation. Senator Beall, whose district includes Silicon Valley, serves as chairman for the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee.  He has long championed mass transit projects to reduce traffic congestion and pollution. In December, he introduced Senate Bill 1, a proposal to fund repairs of California’s aging transportation infrastructure and improve trade corridors that link sea ports to markets and distribution points. The bill, pending in the Legislature, would increase annual funding by $6 billion for infrastructure repairs and improvements.

Mary Nichols

Mary Nichols

Chair, California Air Resources Board

Mary D.  Nichols, J.D., was reappointed Chair of the California Air Resources Board by Governor Jerry Brown in January 2011, a post she previously held under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger from 2007 to 2010 and under Governor Brown (during his first tenure) from 1979 to 1983.  At ARB, she is responsible for implementing California's landmark greenhouse gas emissions legislation as well as setting air pollution standards for motor vehicles, fuels and consumer products. Chair Nichols also served as the head of the Office of Air and Radiation at U.S. EPA during the Clinton Administration, and as California's Secretary for Natural Resources from 1999 to 2003.