Jerome Horton

B.S., Business Administration, 1979

Jerome Horton

Jerome E. Horton currently serves as a Member of the California State Board of Equalization. He brings to the Board twenty-one years of prior Board of Equalization experience as a business tax law specialist, as well as an understanding of public policy as a former member of the California State Assembly and Inglewood City Council. His appointment to the Board is historic, in that he is the first African American to serve in its history, as well as the third African American California Constitutional Officer.

Horton has earned a reputation as an advocate for California taxpayers. He is credited with playing an important role in the creation of the Board of Equalization's "Taxpayers' Bill of Rights," which ensures California's taxpayers a fair and transparent process. He also initiated the formation of the Joint Enforcement Criminal Task Force, which targets organized crime operations, active in the underground economy.

Prior to joining the Board, Horton was a member of the Inglewood City Council and California State Assembly. His background in accounting, finance, and real-estate investments enabled him to take leadership roles in balancing municipal and state budgets without raising taxes. He focused on the principles of accountability, transparency, efficiency, and wealth building as a way of increasing the number of taxpayers and improving the effectiveness of government.