News Release
For Immediate Release
November 7, 2020
NR 20-06
Contact: Regina Evans

Statement of Board of Equalization Member Malia M. Cohen on the Election of President-Elect Joe Biden and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris

Sacramento –Today, California State Board of Equalization Member Malia M. Cohen issued the following statement on the election of Vice President Joe Biden and United States Senator Kamala Harris as the next President and Vice President of the United States:

I join millions of Americans in congratulating President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

This is a great day for all who believe in the hope of restoring a decent and caring government for all Americans.

In this historic moment, we recognize and celebrate this unprecedented turnout for all voters including African Americans, all persons of color, and women. For the first time in 232 years, we will have an African American woman, Vice President Kamala Harris, in the White House serving side by side with President Biden. We send our colleague and mentor on to her future years of committed service with a full heart and our strongest support.

In the days to come, our duty is to heal the wounds that have separated so many of us. We must to continue here in California and throughout the United States our passionate commitment to inclusion, diversity, and economic and racial justice.”

State Board of Equalization Chair Malia M. Cohen represents nearly 10 million constituents residing in 23 counties in Northern and Central California, extending from Del Norte County in the north to Santa Barbara County in the south. Board Chair Cohen is the youngest Constitutional Officer serving in California.

The Board of Equalization is California's statewide elected tax board. Its five members include four members elected in districts, and the State Controller. Under its constitutional mandate, the BOE oversees the assessment practices of the state's 58 county assessors, who are charged with establishing values for approximately 13.6 million assessments each year. In addition, the BOE assesses the property of regulated railroads and specific public utilities, and is responsible for the alcoholic beverage tax and tax on insurers.

Note: This news release may discuss complex tax laws and concepts. It may not address every situation and is not considered written advice. Changes in law or regulations may have occurred since the time this news release was written. If there is a conflict between the text of this news release and the law, decisions will be based upon the law and not this news release.