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James Earp

Vice Chair, California Transportation Commission

Jim Earp

Jim Earp formerly served as Executive Director of the California Alliance for Jobs, a business-labor partnership that represents more than 1,700 contractors in the heavy construction industry and the 80,000 union members they employ throughout northern and central California.

In February 2007, Earp was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve on the California Transportation Commission. He was reappointed to the Commission by Governor Jerry Brown in 2011 and again in 2015. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Commission.

Earp was hired to direct the California Alliance for Jobs in 1998 after serving as a Board Member since the organization’s inception in 1994. Under his leadership, the Alliance became a major political force for increasing transportation investment in California, solving the state’s housing shortage, meeting California’s water needs and other issues that impact California’s economy and the construction industry.

The Alliance was a leader in the successful 2002 campaign to pass Proposition 42, which dedicated the state sales tax on gasoline to transportation projects.

In 2006, Earp launched an initiative campaign to increase protection for Prop. 42 funding. At the same time, he worked closely with the Governor’s administration and legislative leaders to craft the historic bipartisan legislation that became Propositions 1A through 1E, which created $37 billion in infrastructure bonds, nearly $20 billion of which was dedicated to state and local transportation improvements. Earp subsequently chaired the Yes on 1A-1E campaign, which was successful in passing all five measures in November 2006. In 2008, Earp also successfully chaired the $10 billion High-Speed Rail Bond Campaign.

Under Earp’s leadership, the California Alliance for Jobs also played a critical role in helping to pass more than $15 billion in county and regional transportation sales tax measures throughout Northern California.

Prior to 1998, Earp was employed by the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 3, where he served as Political and Public Affairs Director. He was also managing editor of Engineers News, the most award-winning building trades publication in the United States. He graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University in 1975 with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Journalism. Earp lives in Roseville, CA with Susan, his wife of 45 years. They have four children and (to date) 12 grandchildren.

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