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For over 22 years, Johan Klehs has been part of California’s statewide political leadership. At the center of public policy in California, Klehs is known as an expert in budget, fiscal, taxation, and business issues affecting California and its economy. Klehs is one of those unique individuals who can blend the focus of public policy and political strategy.
In statewide office, Klehs served as Chair and Member of the California State Board of Equalization (1995-2003) and a Member of the Franchise Tax Board. He also served 14 years as a Member of the California State Assembly and four years as a Member of the San Leandro City Council. In the Assembly, Klehs chaired the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee longer than any individual in California’s history. Klehs authored over 142 bills signed into law. Those included writing the Research and Development Tax Credit, the Manufacturer’s Investment Tax Credit, comprehensive state tax reform, the Net Operating Loss carry forward law, the Sub Chapter S law, the Affordable Housing Tax Credit, and the Urban Water Conservation Plan. Klehs has been one of the architects of several state budget compromises.
During his public service, Klehs has been honored eight times as “Legislator of the Year” by advocacy groups supporting public education, law enforcement, disability rights, and women’s reproductive healthcare. In 2016, he was honored by the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust for authoring ACR 110 (1988) “in obtaining justice for holocaust rescuer Dr. Aristides Sousa Mendes in his home country of Portugal.”
Klehs received his M.P.A. in Public Administration and B.A. in Political Science at California State University, East Bay. He is a graduate of the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Klehs has served as a strategic advisor to the Chancellor’s Office and Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. He serves as a Board Member of the California State University East Bay Educational Foundation.