Biography

Jerome E. Horton
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Appointed to the Board in June of 2009 by Governor Schwarzenegger and confirmed by the California State Legislature, Jerome E. Horton was overwhelmingly elected in November 2010 and re-elected in 2014 to represent over nine million Californians in Los Angeles, Ventura, and San Bernardino Counties. Horton served as chair of the Board from 2010 to 2016; Vice Chair from 2009 to 2010 and now as Chairman of the Property Tax Committee. Horton is distinguished as the only Member of the Board with over 37 years of tax policy, law, and administrative experience: including 22 years within the Board of Equalization, three terms in the California Legislature, and Member of the California Medical Assistance Commission, Cultural Endowment Board and Inglewood City Council. Horton is also the first African American elected to the Board since its inception.

As a California State Legislator, Horton served as Chairman of the Governmental Organization Committee and member of the Budget, Banking and Finance, and Elections and Redistricting Committees, where he was known as a pragmatic problem solver. Horton authored/co-authored legislation that protects California taxpayers from criminal tax cheats; increases employment, contracting, and educational opportunities; protects the civil and equal rights of all Californians; increase funding and protections for education and public safety; and increases the efficiencies of government.

His Cigarette and Tobacco Product Licensing Act is known nationally as the model for preventing illegal sales of cigarettes in the black market. Horton is also a chief architect of the Taxpayers Bill of Rights and the catalyst for the formation of the Joint Enforcement Task Force, the Tax Recovery and Criminal Enforcement Task Force, and the Revenue Recovery and Collaborative Enforcement Team Act; which work in concert to arrest criminals operating in the black market, protect California consumers, and level the playing field for California businesses.

As Chairman of the Board from 2010 – 2016, Horton's Campaign Against Poverty initiative includes his Mentorship and Internship program to recruit, train, and employ academically-rich but economically-challenged students to work in state government; Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program to help the disabled, seniors, and working families claim millions in tax refunds; and his Human Trafficking program that promotes the prosecution and conviction of criminals who exploit men, women, and children in criminal activities. Horton also authored ground-breaking policies, procedures, regulations, and laws that streamlined the BOE appeals and settlement process, enhanced customer service, clarified tax law and auditing procedures, and helped minimize the frustration of taxation. This includes Horton's Professional Development Day for BOE employees to enhance the effectiveness, efficiency, and responsiveness of the Board while positioning the employees for upward mobility.

Horton is also known for his use of education to level the playing field for California taxpayers; most notable are his Business Conference, Affordable Housing Symposium, International and Domestic Trade Symposium, Businesses Resource Seminar, and State Job Fair initiatives which have enabled Californians to start, grow, and develop their businesses internationally and domestically.

Horton graduated from El Camino College with an Associate of Arts degree, and from California State University, Dominguez Hills, with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and accounting. He is a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and is married to Inglewood City Clerk Yvonne Horton, and together they have two adult children, Myeshia and Matthew, one granddaughter, one dog, and two cats.

District Offices

Culver City
5901 Green Valley Circle,
Suite 200
Culver City, CA 90230-6948
(PO Box 3652, 90231-3652)
Phone: 1-310-342-1000
Fax: 1-310-342-1061
Glendale
505 North Brand Boulevard,
Suite 700
Glendale, CA 91203
Phone: 1-818-543-4900
Fax: 1-818-551-2946
Norwalk
12440 East Imperial Highway,
Suite 200, 90650-8397
(PO Box 409, 90651-0409)
Phone: 562-466-1694
Fax: 562-466-1598
Ventura
4820 McGrath Street,
Suite 260
Ventura, CA 93003-7778
Phone: 1-805-677-2700
Fax: 1-805-677-2710
West Covina
1521 West Cameron Avenue,
Suite 300
West Covina, CA 91790-2738
(PO Box 1500, 91793-1500)
Phone: 626-480-7200
Fax 1-626-480-7260