About Jeff Stone

jeff-stone-headshotSenator Jeff Stone was elected to represent the 28th State Senate District in 2014.  The 28th District stretches from Southwest Riverside County (Temecula, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore) all the way to the Arizona Border including the entire Coachella Valley and the City of Blythe.

Senator Stone has lived in Southern California his entire life. He moved to Temecula because of the rural lifestyle and family values it represents. Senator Stone knew Temecula was one of the best places to open a business and raise a family.

In 1983, he opened his first small business the “Temecula Pharmacy” and began building his strong ties and local involvement within the community. In 1992, he began expanding his public service involvement when he ran and was elected to the Temecula City Council, serving for three terms.  As Mayor, he authored the REST (Revenue Excess Sharing in Temecula) Program that lowered the one special tax that citizens of Temecula paid for – resulting in returning millions of dollars and proving government could be run more efficiently.

Senator Stone served on the Temecula City Council until being elected to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Senator Stone’s election to the Board of Supervisors in 2004 was an illustration of how effective his term on the City Council had been. Senator Stone successfully beat an incumbent and was re-elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2008 and 2012. Prior to being elected and sworn into the State Senate, he served as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.

Among his accomplishments on the Board of Supervisors was the developing of the SCRAPE (Save County of Riverside Against Preventable Expenditures program) that eliminated many wasteful programs and saved Riverside County hundreds of millions of dollars.  He also authored the VALOR (Veteran’s Assistance Leadership of Riverside County) program that provided shelter and support services to every willing homeless veteran in Riverside County.  He also authored the Wine Country 20/20 Plan which preserved and expanded the Temecula Wine Country that when fully built out, will provide thousands of new jobs and economic opportunities for Riverside County.

One of Senator Stone’s proudest accomplishments came several years ago when he advocated creating a second tier for new hires and raising the employee portion of the pension contribution, saving taxpayers millions while maintaining vital County services over the long term.

Public safety is a top priority of his, and he looks forward to continuing the work he did as a County Supervisor, where he created the County’s emergency reserve fund, streamlined the County’s property assessment system to help financially distressed families keep their homes, created the County’s internet juvenile sexual predator interdiction program, passed a County resolution making it easier for law abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms for personal protection, and cut transportation mitigation fees by half to promote economic growth.

As a State Senator, he embraces the philosophy of a fiscally responsible and more efficient government that is less intrusive and more productive for its citizens. Senator Stone championed many efforts to stop over $30 billion in new taxes on the citizens of California.

Senator Stone has also refused to accept political contributions from big tobacco and coauthored many new laws to make it tougher for juveniles to buy tobacco products and start smoking. He also has taken on Global issues including authoring a Senate resolution which passed to urge Congress to oppose the Iran Deal that would put Israel and the United States in harm’s way.  He also has been a strong critic of freeing up $150 billion in sanction money and opposes giving Iran the green light to continue their rogue nuclear enrichment programs.

Senator Stone also has had important bills signed into law including the new prescription drug take back law which went into effect January 1, 2016 and allows anyone to go into a participating pharmacy and at no charge to them, drop their unused pharmaceuticals in a specially designed storage container, and, he wrote a new law to help with the restoration of the Salton Sea.

Senator Stone additionally has received an A+ rating from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, a perfect score from the National Federation of Independent Business and the California Chamber of Commerce, and has been consistently supported by local and statewide law enforcement organizations such as the Riverside Sheriff’s Association, the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, and the California Correctional Peace Officer’s Association to name a few.

In addition to his work in government, Senator Stone continues to own and operate his local business, Innovative Compounding Pharmacy. Senator Stone is a graduate of USC, where he earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. He has taught graduate nursing students seeking their masters in nursing degrees at Cal State Dominguez Hills as an assistant professor of pharmacology and also served as an externship professor for the USC School of Pharmacy.