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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.

More information is available at www.JeffBleich.com 


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  • 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”

  • Kathleen Winters endorsed

    “Jeff is an extraordinary person and exemplary public servant. He is exactly what California and the nation need at this critical juncture in our history. My husband Vern and I are proud to support his candidacy.”

  • Joshua Ridless endorsed

    “I support Jeff Bleich for his integrity, dynamics, diligence and thoughtfulness.”

  • Andrew MacLeod endorsed

    “Jeff Bleich is an exceptional human being. Intelligent, empathetic and caring. I wish more politicians were like him.”

  • Burton Gross endorsed

    “I've known Jeff for more than 20 years and watched him excel in many capacities. Throughout that time, he has always used his immense talent to improve the lives of others. He can provide exactly the sort of leadership that California needs.”

  • A Robert Linscheid endorsed

    “One of the best leaders I've ever met. Truly committed to do what is right for all of California and our nation”

  • Karen Zamarripa endorsed

    “Jeff is a thoughtful leader dedicated to fairness, compassion and integrity. He has spent his life not only being a great family man but also one who gives his time and resources to his community, the state and country. Jeff will remind us just how proud we are to be Americans; but also a part of a global world respecting all and everyone.”

  • Andrew Kaufteil endorsed

    “He is exactly the kind leader we need: thoughtful, analytical, kind, experienced. The whole package.”

  • Eric M. Brooks endorsed

    “A brilliant, hardworking leader with a big heart, uniqely capable of articulating problems and uniting disparate constituencies to solve stubborn problems for all Californians. Jeff Bleich is ideally qualified to be our next Lieutenant Governor, and I am proud to wholeheartedly endorse him.”

July 5, 2017

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Thank you for helping us exceed our CROWDPAC goal. We're continuing to build on our campaign at www.JeffBleich.com with more information and opportunities to engage.

June 6, 2017

We officially launched our campaign website

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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.

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April 26, 2017

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  • 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”

  • Paula Campbell endorsed

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  • Jonathan Bernstein endorsed

  • Monique Enriquez endorsed

  • Kathleen Winters endorsed

    “Jeff is an extraordinary person and exemplary public servant. He is exactly what California and the nation need at this critical juncture in our history. My husband Vern and I are proud to support his candidacy.”

  • Joshua Ridless endorsed

    “I support Jeff Bleich for his integrity, dynamics, diligence and thoughtfulness.”

  • Danny Chou endorsed

  • Alan Bayer endorsed

  • Andrew MacLeod endorsed

    “Jeff Bleich is an exceptional human being. Intelligent, empathetic and caring. I wish more politicians were like him.”

  • David Chiappetta endorsed

  • Burton Gross endorsed

    “I've known Jeff for more than 20 years and watched him excel in many capacities. Throughout that time, he has always used his immense talent to improve the lives of others. He can provide exactly the sort of leadership that California needs.”

  • A Robert Linscheid endorsed

    “One of the best leaders I've ever met. Truly committed to do what is right for all of California and our nation”

  • Diana Erbsen endorsed

  • Karen Zamarripa endorsed

    “Jeff is a thoughtful leader dedicated to fairness, compassion and integrity. He has spent his life not only being a great family man but also one who gives his time and resources to his community, the state and country. Jeff will remind us just how proud we are to be Americans; but also a part of a global world respecting all and everyone.”

  • Andrew Kaufteil endorsed

    “He is exactly the kind leader we need: thoughtful, analytical, kind, experienced. The whole package.”

  • Eric M. Brooks endorsed

    “A brilliant, hardworking leader with a big heart, uniqely capable of articulating problems and uniting disparate constituencies to solve stubborn problems for all Californians. Jeff Bleich is ideally qualified to be our next Lieutenant Governor, and I am proud to wholeheartedly endorse him.”

  • Victoria Gitt Ersoff endorsed

  • Rod Brow endorsed

    “Education, ethics, heart, integrity, compassion, intellect, justice, fairness, perspective, values, honesty, industriousness, heart, dedication and more.”

  • Anna Marie Armstrong endorsed

    “Jeff Bleich is amazing and exactly what California and this country needs. Please join me in supporting him in his campaign for California Lieutenant Governor!”

  • Jayne Salinger endorsed

    “Jeff is THE real thing. Brilliant. Committed. Savvy. Insightful. I have been in education for years and learned first hand his absolute dedication and degree of integrity. You could not make a better choice for a better future.”

  • Katrina Lee endorsed

  • Laura Pochop endorsed

    “California, and the nation, is desperately in need of the dynamic, committed, brilliant and deeply principled leadership that Jeff Bleich has to offer.”

  • Jason Gerlach endorsed

    “Jeff Bleich is the right person at the right time to be California's next Lt. Governor. Jeff and I worked together in Board roles for the Bar Association of San Francisco in the early 2000s and his work in that role was impressive. Since then, he's done much, much more and made himself an ideal candidate to tackle the many challenges facing California in a non-ideological, and pragmatic way that will serve all Californians. Good luck Jeff. You have my full support.”

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  • Trevlyn Gilmour endorsed

    “I have worked closely with many fine Americans over the last 17 years but Ambassador Bleich, Becky and his family are the finest! California could not hope for a better servant”

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