Bruce McPherson is a Santa Cruz County supervisor, representing the 5th District. Before he was elected supervisor in 2012, and reelected in 2016, he served two terms in the California State Assembly and two terms in the California State Senate. During his 11 years in the legislature, he served as chair of the Senate Public Safety Committee, vice chair of the Senate Education and the Senate Environmental Protection Committees, and chair of the Assembly Elections Committee. In the aftermath of the resignation of California’s secretary of state in early 2005, he was nominated for the position by Governor Schwarzenegger and confirmed unanimously by both the senate and assembly, subsequently serving as California’s secretary of state in 2005 and 2006. He was recognized as Legislator of the Year by numerous organizations and foundations, including the California School Boards Association, the California State Association of Counties, the League of California Cities, the California Wellness Foundation, and the California Small Business Association. After 2006, he was appointed to distinguished positions at many organizations, including California Forward, a statewide organization funded for $16 million by five foundations. Co-chaired by Leon Panetta and Thomas McKernan, the project has 13 members who are charged with investigating the structural issues that contribute to the state’s partisan stalemates, poor fiscal choices, and inadequate programs.