Tom Jennings

Profile Updated: January 12, 2018
Residing In Carmichael, CA USA
Spouse/Partner Betsy Jennings
Children Rebecca, born 1981; Shaina, born 1984

Immediately after Oberlin I went to Michigan Law School, where I had the privilege of taking two classes from Professor Joe Sax; the first couple of years I visited Oberlin frequently on the weekends. The examining doctor at my draft physical in 1969 was the head of the Michigan Health Service and a 1-Y for a heart murmur kept me out.

I moved to the Bay Area and had a series of relatively unsuccessful legal jobs in the 70’s. In 1979 I got married to my wife Betsy, and at the beginning of 1980 got a job as a staff counsel with the California Air Resources Board in Sacramento, where we’ve lived since (Go Lady Bird!). I was at CARB for 28 years, the last three as Chief Counsel, and served as the attorney on our reformulated gasoline, cleaner diesel fuel and low-emission vehicle/clean fuels programs and got to help negotiate the last week of legislative enactment of our Global Warming Solutions Act. Since Joe Sax advised me in a consultation that our “clean fuels mandate” was one of the few instances he thought an environmental regulation really did pose serious substantive due process problems, I didn’t mind when Governor Wilson directed us to drop it. We also didn’t kill the electric car, the movie notwithstanding. The CARB staff had a lot of camaraderie for a state agency, and about 10 of us still try to get together at brew pubs twice a month.

Since retirement in 2008 my wife and I have done the normal stuff of travel, gardening etc.. I have devoted a considerable amount of time to woodworking, having made at least half of the furniture in our house. I’m including a picture of a cherry dining table and chairs I’ve made as well as a hall table and mirror. Two daughters, a pediatric hospitalist at Seattle Children’s Hospital (and mom to our two-year old grandson), and a demand planner for a cosmetics company in LA.

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