Exit Interview: State Senator Jim Beall on Fighting
for Mental Health Change
Termed-out San Jose leader talks about his years in state legislature and the politics of mental health
Jim Beall was 28 years old when he was elected to the San Jose Council. Forty years later, he's ending his political career after 14 years in the California legislature, the last eight of them in the Senate.
Beall has made mental health issues one of his primary areas of focus. He was a founding member of the Senate's Mental Health Caucus and served as its chair. And he has introduced dozens of mental health-related pieces of legislation over the years.