Biography

Diane Harkey was elected in November 2014 to represent the State Board of Equalization's Fourth District. Harkey recently served three terms in the California State Assembly representing the 73rd District encompassing south Orange County.

As Chairwoman of the State Board of Equalization, Diane capitalizes on her private and public sector experience to promote the rights and interests of all taxpayers. Harkey advocates for policies that support job creation in the private sector, improve California's state budget outlook, and reduce the burden of complying with government audits and various tax regulations.

Harkey also serves as Chair of the Business Taxes Committee, the regulatory body at the BOE charged with writing regulations implementing California's business tax regulations.

In her first year at the Board, Harkey successfully pushed for changes to provide clarity on 1031 exchanges in real estate transactions. Her office solved over 400 constituent cases in 2015 and has held many successful events educating taxpayers on Proposition 13, California's manufacturing exemption and many areas of state tax law.

Harkey believes that California must establish new policies that ensure future improvements in transportation, water, and other necessities, so our state can retain its place as one of the top-ranking economies in the world. Harkey works directly with other Board Members, the Governor's Administration, and the State Legislature to make California golden once again.

Harkey graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Economics from the University of California, Irvine and enjoyed a successful 30-year career in corporate finance and banking. Working in good and bad economic climates with individuals, small business owners, and leaders of publicly-traded companies helped form the pragmatic business perspective that she brings to the Board of Equalization.

Harkey won her election to the Board of Equalization with over 61% of the vote and is proud to represent 9.5 million constituents in the counties of Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Imperial, and the southernmost portion of San Bernardino County.