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Former state Sen. Ellen Corbett gets another six-figure job

Former state Sen. Ellen Corbett was appointed to the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.
Former state Sen. Ellen Corbett was appointed to the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. Sacramento Bee file

Just a few months after being termed out of the Legislature and taking a lucrative job with a Bay Area school district, former Sen. Ellen Corbett has been named to a six-figure position on a state government board.

The Hayward Democrat’s new post on the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board pays $128,109 annually, according to an announcement Thursday morning by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, who chairs the Senate Rules Committee that made the appointment. She starts Sunday.

The five-member board rules on appealed unemployment insurance benefits cases. The board is a traditional landing place for former legislators. Former Assemblyman Michael Allen, D-Santa Rosa, and former Sen. Roy Ashburn, R-Bakersfield, serve on the board.

In December, not long after she left the Senate, the Hayward Unified School District hired Corbett to a newly created post – executive director of institutional advancement, communications and government relations – that pays $167,822 annually.

Corbett called the Hayward position “a dream job,” according to a report by the Bay Area News Group, one that would use her experience and contacts to raise money, connect with government officials and advise the district on communications.

But according to a letter from the district, Corbett requested and received a “long-term leave of absence” from the district job when the pending Senate appointment takes effect.

Corbett served eight years in the state Senate, from 2006 until her term ended in 2014, serving part of the time as majority leader. Before that, she was in the Assembly from 1998 to 2004.

Editor’s note: This post was updated at 11 a.m. Feb. 26, 2015, to include information about Corbett’s leave of absence from the district.

Call Jon Ortiz, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1043.

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