Sally J. Lieber represents the California State Board of Equalization's Second District. In December 2023, Lieber was elected Chair of the Board. As the member for District 2, Chair Lieber represents 10 million constituents from as far north as Del Norte County to as far south as Ventura County. District 2 is home to the ancient California redwoods, the wine industry in Napa County, the innovation capital of the world in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, and the beautiful and breathtaking Pacific Coast.
Prior to her election to the State Board of Equalization, Chair Lieber served in both local and state office representing the Silicon Valley. Chair Lieber was elected to the Mountain View City Council in 1998, where she served as Vice Mayor and Mayor. She also served on the Valley Transportation Authority's Board of Directors, chaired the Santa Clara Valley Water District's Water Commission, and served on the Santa Clara County Social Services Advisory Commission. As a Councilmember, Chair Lieber implemented local tobacco control legislation, created green energy initiatives, and recruited many of California's most successful businesses.
In 2002, Lieber was elected to the California State Assembly. In the State Assembly, Lieber became only the third woman to hold the office of Speaker Pro Tempore. Lieber was known throughout the State Capitol as someone who had the courage to take on tough progressive issues – many of which have now become mainstream progressive values – including increasing California's minimum wage; expanded Cal Grants for college students; increased supportive housing and housing for low income households; and LGBTQ+ rights.
Chair Lieber's achievements in the California State Assembly include authoring laws that made human trafficking a felony in California; established the Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights; expanded the California Assault Weapons Ban; extended courtroom protections for developmentally disabled and cognitively impaired victims of crime; banned the use of the 'panic defense' in hate crimes cases; banned the practice of shackling California inmates in active labor; created the Ocean Protection Council; established the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority to address sea level rise; clean air protections that have been credited with removing 10+ tons of cancer-causing particulate matter from our air each day; and secured funding for energy efficient 'green' schools throughout California.
Chair Lieber's volunteer work includes helping youth and adult offenders receive access to educational opportunities; serving as part of a coalition to stop wage theft throughout the Bay Area; securing permanent funding for successful teen pregnancy prevention; leading local gun violence reduction measures; and working to provide humanitarian aid, helping with emergency response, and taking care of the needs of children and families fleeing wars in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.