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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
State Sen. Jean Fuller served as an educator in the Central Valley for more than 30 years, and that included time as superintendent of the Bakersfield City School District.
Fuller now represents the 18th Senate District and Tuesday on "First Look with Scott Cox," she talked about the transition and difference between the school district and the legislature.
In the school district, there was a common union and goal -- to serve and benefit students. In the legislature, lawmakers have competing interests.
"The issues tear us apart more than they unite us," Fuller said. "It's hard for people to understand how California benefits and how they can bring that together."
For Fuller, water is the biggest issues California faces, and she said the water system needs to be updated to serve the population.
Serving as the lead senator on the Republicans' Water Policy Team, Fuller said she brought people together to discuss water policy. Her goal was to work out differences in order to improve the economy of both the state and nation. And water can do that, Fuller said.
From 2011 to 2013, Gov. Jerry Brown signed 12 of Fuller's bills into law, according to her website. Although she was not too thrilled when Brown was elected governor, she said she now has a good relationship with him.
"The biggest surprise is that he's so approachable," Fuller said. "I can call him and he'll come talk to me."
Just as Fuller got to know the governor, Richard Beene, president and CEO of The Californian, wanted to do something similar, so he asked her spontaneous questions during the simulcast.
They ranged from her biggest accomplishment to her favorite meal.
"I love Smith's Bakeries cookies," Fuller said. Realizing that cookies were probably not the best meal, she said lasagna would do the trick.