Advisory Board

The Honorable Tim Leslie

California State Assembly

Tim Leslie

Assemblyman Tim Leslie is honored as the “Dean of the Legislature,” the most senior member in both of California’s legislative houses.

In almost twenty years of elected service, Leslie has blended strong conservative principles with a willingness to work with people of all perspectives to solve California’s deepest challenges.

Leslie is the Legislature’s trailblazer in addressing the technology and privacy issues of the information age. He also champions efforts to restore California’s economy, reform education and health care, strengthen public safety, and protect the family.

In 2002, he authored the Text Messaging Anti-Spam Act, which outlawed sending “spam” to cell phones and pagers. In 2003, he authored nationally recognized legislation to guard information on automotive black boxes. In 2004, he was principle co-author of the law banning spyware in California.

Cutting edge technology laws Leslie authored have also increased penalties for identity theft, criminalized cyber-stalking, prevented unauthorized examination of taxpayer records, and restricted telemarketers’ access to children’s information.

In 2003, the Center for Digital Governance honored Leslie for his visionary leadership in “shaping California’s digital landscape.”

To improve education, Leslie designed the bi-partisan “School Accountability Act of 1997.” He also co-authored the “Class Size Reduction Act,” limiting the number of children per K-3 classroom to 20.

Advancing access to quality health care, Leslie co-authored legislation to cut prescription drug costs for seniors. He designed the “Leslie-Davis-Figueroa Medical Accountability Act” to require physician review of every HMO decision to deny, delay, or terminate a patient’s care.

Among Leslie’s other landmark reforms is the “Brady Jared Teen Driver Safety Act.” This legislation created California’s widely praised graduated driver’s licensing program for young drivers. It has cut fatalities and injuries among 16 year-old drivers by 23% since its inception.

In 2004, Leslie worked with Governor Schwarzenegger to create California’s historic Sierra Nevada Conservancy. This Conservancy will protect the region’s natural treasures and aid economic development. It provides local residents an unprecedented voice in shaping the Sierra’s future.

A wide array of organizations have recognized Leslie as “Legislator of the Year,” including the Regional Council of Rural Counties, the California School Board Association, the Sacramento Taxpayers’ League, Women in Timber, the Safari Club, and the California Probation Officers.

The California Chamber of Commerce has honored Leslie for having “one of the best voting records in the Legislature.” In 2004, Leslie received a perfect rating from the California Taxpayer’s Association.

In recent years, Leslie has taken a deep interest in renewing California’s most challenged communities. To this end, he and Senator Ray Haynes founded the Community Renewal Summit in 2000. Every year, this event provides hundreds of local leaders with skills and resources for renewal of their communities.

Born in Ashland, OR in 1942, Leslie moved to California as a child. He attended Arcadia High School and went on to earn a degree in Political Science at CSU, Long Beach, and an MA in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. In 1964, Leslie and his wife Clydene moved to Northern California, where he began work in local government and private enterprises.

Prior to entering public service, Leslie was a founding director for the community-based organization, Community Action Against Drug Abuse Task Force. Governor George Deukmejian appointed Leslie in 1985 to the State Advisory Board on Drug Programs. Leslie was first elected the Assembly in 1986, and to the Senate in 1991.

Tim and Clydene Leslie have two children and four grandchildren.