Horton Confirmed for Board of Equalization
Jerome Horton Wins Unanimous Vote for Confirmation to State Board of Equalization
Governor Appointee Jerome Horton was unanimously confirmed to the California State Board of Equalization by the California State Senate on Wednesday, September 9.
Jerome Horton is the first African American to serve on the State Board of Equalization (BOE) since its inception in 1879. He also became the 3rd African American constitutional officer in California’s history. The Assembly joined them by overwhelmingly supporting Horton’s confirmation.
The BOE administers taxes and fees that last year produced $53 billion to provide essential services for the people of California. It employs over 4,000 staff members from auditors to attorneys and has offices throughout the State and in Texas, Chicago and New York. They are also the appellate body for Franchise Tax matters. Eminently qualified for the job, Horton served 21 years with the Board of Equalization as a tax expert. He also served 6 years in the State Assembly and one term as a Inglewood Council Member.
“Mr. Horton is very well-prepared for the position of member of the Board,” Senator Feinstein said. “His extensive knowledge and experience clearly make him the most qualified candidate for this position.”
The Speaker of the Assembly, Assemblywoman Karen Bass referred to Horton as the equalization equalizer because of his efforts to ensure parity in employment at the executive and entry levels and his proven record of protecting California taxpayers.
“I am pleased that the legislature confirmed Jerome Horton’s nomination to the Board of Equalization,” Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) said. “I’m confident his experience and commitment to public service will be a great addition to the Board’s important work.”
Horton began his career with the BOE as a summer intern while obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in finance and accounting from Cal State University Dominquez Hills. That early experience shaped his resolved to give back and be of service to his community.
Horton said, “I have been blessed with an opportunity to lay a foundation and pave the way for others. I believe that success requires a successor and that power is measured by ones ability to empower others. Accordingly I intend to expand youth leadership and internship programs to empower others to lead.”
“I also want to empower California taxpayers to prosper by making it easier to start, maintain, and grow a business, and streamlining the appeals process to minimize penalties, interest and unwarranted legal fees. I believe, leveling the playing field by arresting illegally operating businesses that steal billions from and compete unfairly with California taxpayers is equally important to revitalizing our economy,” said Horton.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said, “Jerome Horton will provide the experienced leadership in tough economic times that we need as a member of the Board of Equalization. He will make a positive difference for the people of California.”
Known as a solution oriented consensus builder Horton was supported by the Business and Labor, Republicans and Democrats, and Liberals, Moderates, and Conservatives. Leaders in the Armenian, Latino, Asian, and African American community also expressed enthusiastic support of Horton’s confirmation.
Maria Elena Durazo, president of the Los Angeles Federation of Labor said, “Horton has the ability to bring people, from all walks of life, together to forge real solutions that generate good jobs and prosperity in California. He has been a loyal friend and confidant and we were proud to support this historic confirmation”
Alice Huffman, President of the NAACP said, “Horton’s appointment is a hard fought gain for all Californians and we intend to help him help us rebuild our economy and equalize things for all well beyond 2010.”
A devoted family man, Horton, who enjoys gardening, fishing and his new grandchild, resides in Inglewood with his wife and two children, Matthew and Myeshia.