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Highest Ranking Republican in California State Government (1900-Present)Highest Ranking Democrat in California State Government (1900-Present)
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January 7, 2019 – PresentTed GainesMember, Board of EqualizationJanuary 7, 2019 – PresentGavin NewsomGovernor
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February 27, 2018 – January 7, 2019George C. Runner, Jr.Chair, Board of EqualizationJanuary 3, 2011 – January 7, 2019Jerry BrownGovernor
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February 23, 2017 – February 27, 2018
Diane L. HarkeyChair, Board of EqualizationNovember 3, 2009 – January 3, 2011Bill LockyerAttorney General
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February 25, 2016 – February 23, 2017
Diane L. HarkeyVice Chair, Board of EqualizationJanuary 8, 2007 – November 3, 2009John GaramendiLieutenant Governor
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January 21, 2015 – February 25, 2016George C. Runner, Jr.Vice Chair, Board of EqualizationNovember 17, 2003 – January 8, 2007Cruz BustamanteLieutenant Governor
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January 5, 2015 – January 21, 2015George C. Runner, Jr.
Senior Republican Member, Board of Equalization
January 4, 1999 – November 17, 2003Gray DavisGovernor
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January 3, 2011 – January 5, 2015Michelle SteelVice Chair, Board of EqualizationJanuary 2, 1995 – January 4, 1999Gray DavisLieutenant Governor
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November 17, 2003 – January 3, 2011Arnold SchwarzeneggerGovernorJanuary 3, 1983 – January 2, 1995Leo T. McCarthyLieutenant Governor
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January 6, 2003 – November 17, 2003Claude ParrishVice Chair, Board of EqualizationJanuary 6, 1975 – January 3, 1983Jerry BrownGovernor
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January 4, 1999 – January 6, 2003Bill JonesSecretary of StateJanuary 4, 1971 – January 6, 1975Jerry BrownSecretary of State
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January 7, 1991 – January 4, 1999Pete WilsonGovernorJanuary 2, 1967 – January 4, 1971Thomas C. LynchAttorney General
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January 3, 1983 – January 7, 1991George DeukmejianGovernorJanuary 5, 1959 – January 2, 1967Pat BrownGovernor
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January 8, 1979 – January 3, 1983Mike CurbLieutenant GovernorJanuary 8, 1951 – January 5, 1959Pat BrownAttorney General
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January 6, 1975 – January 8, 1979Evelle J. YoungerAttorney GeneralAugust 18, 1949 – January 8, 1951George R. ReillyChair, Board of Equalization
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January 2, 1967 – January 6, 1975Ronald ReaganGovernorJanuary 1, 1949 – August 18, 1949George R. ReillyVice Chair, Board of Equalization
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January 5, 1959 – January 2, 1967Frank M. JordanSecretary of StateJanuary 6, 1947 – January 1, 1949George R. ReillySenior Democratic Member, Board of Equalization
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October 5, 1953 – January 5, 1959Goodwin J. KnightGovernorJanuary 4, 1943 – January 6, 1947Robert W. KennyAttorney General
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January 4, 1943 – October 5, 1953Earl WarrenGovernorJanuary 2, 1939 – January 4, 1943Culbert OlsonGovernor
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January 18, 1940 – January 4, 1943Earl WarrenAttorney GeneralJanuary 1, 1939 – January 2, 1939Herbert W. SlaterState Senator (Senior Democratic Legislator)
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January 2, 1939 – January 18, 1940Frank C. JordanSecretary of StateJanuary 4, 1937 – December 31, 1938William M. JonesAssembly Speaker
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June 7, 1934 – January 2, 1939Frank F. MerriamGovernorJanuary 5, 1915 – January 4, 1937John C. CorbettSenior Democratic Member, Board of Equalization
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January 6, 1931 – June 7, 1934James Rolph, Jr.GovernorJanuary 9, 1907 – January 5, 1915
John B. Sanford & Anthony Caminetti
State Senators (Senior Democratic Legislator)
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January 4, 1927 – January 6, 1931C. C. YoungGovernorJanuary 1 ,1900 – January 9, 1907Richard H. BeamerSenior Democratic Member, Board of Equalization
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January 9, 1923 – January 4, 1927Friend Wm. RichardsonGovernor
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March 15, 1917 – January 9, 1923William D. StephensGovernor
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January 4, 1915 – March 15, 1917Frank C. JordanSecretary of State
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January 3, 1911 – January 4, 1915Hiram Johnson*Governor
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January 9, 1907 – January 3, 1911James N. GillettGovernor
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January 7, 1903 – January 9, 1907George C. PardeeGovernor
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January 1 ,1900 – January 7, 1903Henry T. GageGovernor
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* Hiram Johnson was elected as a Republican to his first term as Governor and as a member of the Progressive Party in 1914.
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