Why you should support Jeff Bleich

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We’re in the middle of a radical change to our work force. Californians have been asking honest, tough questions, because changes in the economy have left many people behind, or wondering if their kids will be able to do better than they have. Truck drivers, retail clerks, and many others all see what we see—new technologies are coming that will take away their current livelihoods. I'm prepared to roll up my sleeves and offer a new set of plans to make sure that this new economy brings everyone forward, and that we don't accept leaving anyone behind.

None of these issues will be easy. We’re going to have to educate our kids differently, empower and train workers for new opportunities, and stop doing things that we know don’t work. This is no time to fall back on wedge issues and poll-tested ideas that will bring out one group or another. It’s a time to solve new problems—taking risks, working across groups, challenging assumptions, testing out ideas, and letting others take the credit. We can’t count on politics as usual to help working families navigate the new economy, protect our shores from climate change, safeguard our homes from cybercrime, to give communities the tools to fight the epidemic of addiction and depression, or to heal political divisions.

Every time we’ve been at a point like this, Californians have forged a way forward. That is our State's ethic. Californians settled here because, as a people, we've never been afraid to reach the furthest frontier. We pioneered public higher education, we pioneered space travel and satellites, we developed the world wide web, and the music and films and vision that have inspired and shaped the world. Californians won't settle for less in facing today’s challenges. It's time to do some good things together.

My goal is simple—I’m running for Lt. Governor to help us solve the tough problems that are holding back hardworking Californians.

-Jeff


About Jeff:

Jeff is a former top aide to President Obama, having served in his administration as special counsel to the President, U.S. Ambassador to Australia, and senior advisor. He's led the board of California's state universities, as well as leading the State Bar. For three decades, he has been devoted to meeting the needs of every Californian—especially those in the neglected middle-class—as a lawyer, teacher, and community leader. Now he's back serving Californians again.

Jeff grew up a middle-class kid, learning the value of working hard and helping others. He was born on a U.S. Army base in Germany, and his family was able to move into a small home in Connecticut on his dad’s VA loan. His mom was a receptionist and his dad was the neighborhood dentist. Good public schools opened up a world of opportunities, and he went to college on a combination of work-study, loans, and grants.

Jeff met Becky at Amherst College and they got married right after graduation. He spent a year living off a small stipend as a CORO fellow to understand what it takes to make a society work—taking internships with a company, a labor union, a non-profit, a government agency, a political campaign, and learned both how to fight and to find common ground. He went on to grad school at Harvard University at the top of his class, and then came to California, where he received his law degree from UC Berkeley with the highest honors.

After graduation, Jeff was hired to clerk in the two highest courts in the land, for Judge Ab Mikva on the U.S. Court of Appeals in DC, and Chief Justice William Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court. Following his clerkships, he returned to California, arriving as the fourth lawyer in the San Francisco offices of Munger, Tolles & Olson in San Francisco. Over the next two decades, Jeff helped shape Munger, Tolles, and Olson, LLP into one of the most successful and revered law firms in California.

While building a successful career in law, Jeff never forgot that it was the people of California and the University of California at Berkeley who had made that career possible. He took many cases that didn’t come with a paycheck, but instead helped some of our most vulnerable Californians win justice and get ahead. He represented foster youth, women who had been abused, disabled veterans, homeless people, disabled children, wrongly imprisoned individuals, Native Americans and other victims of discrimination, as well as working families who could not afford a good lawyer and asked for his help. Jeff was regularly named one of the best lawyers in California and in the country.

Jeff also learned how to make California's largest and most challenging institutions work.  He served for six years on the California State University Board, and was elected its Chair, so that he could make sure that every person in California who worked hard in school would have the same chance that he had to succeed.  

He also served as president of the California State Bar, where he championed California's neglected middle class. He worked to make systemic changes to ensure all Californians had a strong voice in our legal system, even if they couldn't afford to hire a big law firm.

As a U.S. Ambassador, he was declared by Australia's former Prime Minister as the best Ambassador the U.S. had ever sent, recognizing his work overseeing record growth in trade and investment between the U.S. and Australia, implementing the Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty, establishing new alliances for cybersecurity, and executing a new space cooperation agreement that supported the Mars Curiosity rover landing.

Among them, in 2013, he was nominated by every single member of his senior team to receive the State Department's Sue Cobb Prize for Exemplary Diplomatic Service from Secretary Kerry—an award given to the nation's top non-career Ambassador.

Since returning, Jeff has come home to Oakland where he joined Dentons law firm, and leads a team to help shape legal and public policy initiatives and protect consumers from cyber threats. At the same time, he works to create opportunities for California students as Chair of the Fulbright Board, to create jobs in California and grow our economy as an advisor to Governor Jerry Brown, and volunteers his time to help foster youth, stop domestic violence, and assist others in need.

Jeff and his wife, Becky, have raised their three children, Jake, Matt, and Abby in the East Bay. He gets outside whenever he can for a run or row around Lake Merritt. He’s such a big Elvis fan that the Secret Service gave him the codename “Elvis” when he served as Ambassador, and the City of San Francisco named Elvis' Birthday in Jeff's honor in 2003.


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  • Ariel Meyerstein endorsed

    “I support Jeff Bleich because he truly feels the call to serve others and will always do the right thing.”

  • Leo Cunningham endorsed

    “Jeff Bleich is fair, smart, and reasonable. His agenda for California will be good for all Californians, and in an age of unnecessary contention, he will be a powerful unifying influence.”

  • Scott Arthur endorsed

    “Jeff Bleich is one of the most genuine candidates of this era. From his success in his business and professional life to the love and compassion he shows his friends and family, it is obvious that no one is more qualified to safeguard our future and protect the interests of the people of California .”

Jul 5 2017

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Jun 6 2017

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May 10 2017

When you give people a chance, they do amazing things.

I opened my committee last week and wasn’t sure what to expect. We just asked for an honest response and within minutes we had people asking how they could donate.

Now – just days later – you’ve already pushed us past our first goal. Thank you! The more people who are inspired to engage, the sooner we can change the way politics is done.

To me, how we run is as important as why we run. If you feel the same way, then please give and pass this along to your friends.

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  • Paul and Wendy Bazil endorsed

  • Ariel Meyerstein endorsed

    “I support Jeff Bleich because he truly feels the call to serve others and will always do the right thing.”

  • Leo Cunningham endorsed

    “Jeff Bleich is fair, smart, and reasonable. His agenda for California will be good for all Californians, and in an age of unnecessary contention, he will be a powerful unifying influence.”

  • Scott Arthur endorsed

    “Jeff Bleich is one of the most genuine candidates of this era. From his success in his business and professional life to the love and compassion he shows his friends and family, it is obvious that no one is more qualified to safeguard our future and protect the interests of the people of California .”

  • Kathleen C Maurer endorsed

  • Daniel Joseph Bergeson endorsed

  • Jeff Knowles endorsed

  • Jeff Brown endorsed

    “I was fortunate to work with Jeff while he was the United States Ambassador to Australia. Two exceptional qualities of his character stand out to me from that time: his unyielding dedication and devotion to duty, and his ability to make sound, reasoned decisions on any given issue despite the political landscape. Many Ambassadors have treated their posting as a lavish, years long government sponsored vacation; Jeff most certainly did not. He truly cared for the extremely valuable relationship between the two countries and did everything in his power to make sure it was stronger when he left than when he arrived. He was easily the hardest working person in the Embassy and set the example for all. More impressive was his capacity to see all sides of an issue and, without fail, make an informed, rational decision. Jeff and I come from very different professional backgrounds and differ distinctly in the way we view the world. However, I believe his willingness to do what was right for the US - Australia relationship, every time, rather than blindly advance an ideology marks him as the type of leader California and America need and deserve.”

  • Adam Kaplan endorsed

  • Bill Kissinger endorsed

    “I've known Jeff for more than 3 decades. I can't think of a better candidate for statewide office.”

  • Merri Baldwin endorsed

  • Blair K. Walsh endorsed

  • Cindy Ness endorsed

    “Jeff brings "human" to the table and is a consensus builder by nature. We worked together on President Clinton's campaign against youth violence following Columbine. He not only has a knack for getting things done, he maintains a tone of respect while doing so. Full support....”

  • Christine Farida D Robles endorsed

  • Emily Pan Shen endorsed

    “I endorse Jeff Bleich for CA Lieutenant Governor. He personally swore me in to the CA Bar, gave me the chance to meet President Obama, and recruited me to his law firm. One of the most hardworking, sincere, and integrity-driven people I know, he would be an asset to our state and protect the values we all care about as human beings and parents.”

  • Lucas Lam endorsed

  • Peter Stockburger endorsed

  • Joanne Kavalaris endorsed

    “There is no candidate more qualified than Jeff. His background, experience, character, integrity & commitment to hard work are unparallelled.”

  • Suzanne Kane endorsed

    “I was lucky to work with Jeff and can attest that he is smart, innovative, and a great leader. He is exactly what we need for California!”

  • Ann Alpers endorsed

    “I have known Jeff for 27 years. He is smart, hardworking, kind, thoughtful, collaborative, and extremely funny. His willingness to run for office gives me hope for the future.”

  • Ruthe Catolico Ashley endorsed

    “I served on the State Bar of California's Board of Governors with Jeff. Not only is he smart, proactive, hard-working, and efficient, but one of the nicest guys to know. Just authentic and humble. He can do anything.”

  • Owen Clements endorsed

  • Jim Jusko endorsed

    “Jeff delivers a rare combination of honest, pragmatic problem solving with commitment and passion for doing right by the people he serves. He will be an exceptional Lt. Governor.”

  • rhonda donato endorsed

    “I endorse Jeff Bleich because he is honest, humble, kind, intelligent, hard-working, and simply put -- one of the best people I know.”

  • Cam Baker endorsed

  • Jenny Hong endorsed

  • S Douglas Weil endorsed

    “Jeff is the most impressive person I have met since I moved to California in 2005. I met him while working on in the Obama campaign in 2007. Jeff embodies all the qualities that we want in our political leaders, He would bring wisdom, compassion and fresh leadership to our state government.”

  • Audrey Smith endorsed

  • Aristotle Evia endorsed

    “Jeff is a truly incredible person with strong leadership skills, big thinking & the ability to get the right things done!”

  • Michael Traynor endorsed

    “He is principled, brilliant, personable, and experienced”

  • A Robert Linscheid endorsed

    “My wife Pam Montana and I endorse Jeff Bleich for California Lt Gov because he believes that when people come together with civility, we can solve any problem.”

  • Philip Feldman endorsed

    “Jeff is incredibly qualified and devoted to issues that matter to progressive Californians. He will probably be the most intelligent public official in Sacramento, and most certainly the one with the highest integrity!”

  • Jeff Modisett endorsed