Cory Jasperson, the former chief of staff for Palo Alto Sen. Joe Simitian, will take over as lobbyist for the state judiciary, otherwise known as the chief advocate for the Judicial Council.
A search committee headed by Justice Marvin Baxter found Jasperson, who will begin his job December 3.
Jasperson has worked as staffer for both state Senate and Assembly officials, suggesting he knows his way around the capital. Most of his experience has centered on environmental issues.
He has spent a dozen years in the capital as chief of staff to Assembly Speaker pro tem and chief of staff to the head of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.
He’s been instrumental in drafting and passage of legislation related to California’s minimum wage, human trafficking, limits on use of “gay panic” defenses by criminal defendants and San Francisco Bay restoration authority law. He also worked for the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, Stanford University and the Greenlining Institute.
As the lobbyist he will be based in Sacramento and represent the judicial branch on legislative, policy and budget matters. Jasperson’s office will push for implementation of the Judicial Council’s legislative agenda and push back on efforts to further cut the judiciary budget.
“The search committee was very impressed with Cory Jasperson’s personal attributes, professional experience and outstanding reputation he has earned in the Capital,” said Baxter.
Jasperson will report directly to the new Administrative Director of the Courts, retired Judge Steven Jahr.
Jasperson replaces Curt Child, who became the chief operating officer for the Administrative Office of the Courts on October 1.