State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, California State Senate (D-19)
225 East Carrillo, Suite 309
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Hannah-Beth Jackson represents the 19th District of California, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County. Elected to the California State Senate in 2012, Senator Jackson is also an educator, former State Asseblymember, former Deputy District Attorney, and a small business owner. She is married to retired Superior Court Judge George Eskin. She has a daughter, two stepchildren and five grandchildren.
As a champion of caregiving issues, Senator Jackson authored CA Senate Bill 770, a bill that strengthened California’s Paid Family Leave Program by expanding benefits that employees can receive when taking leave to care for seriously ill family members. The bill was signed into law by California Governor Brown in September of 2013 and took effect on July 1st, 2014.
Senate Bill 770 expanded the definition of family caregiver to include caring for seriously ill grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, and in-laws to more accurately reflect the caregiving responsibilities of California families. According to the California Senate Office of Research, California has the second-highest percentage of multi-generational households in the country. Many of these families include family caregivers supporting aging loved ones or persons with disabilities.
Senator Jackson explained the importance of this legislation by noting that “As we’ve seen an increase in the need for two-income families, this program has become an incredibly valuable way to balance work and caregiving responsibilities. While 1.8 million Californians have already used the program, still far too few people know about it.”
We at the National Alliance for Caregiving commend Senator Jackson for her continued dedication and hard work to address the important caregiving needs of California families.