Chief Deputy Secretary of State James Schwab
James Schwab serves as chief deputy secretary of state for California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, overseeing the agency’s operations and policy agenda. Prior to this appointment, Schwab served as deputy secretary of state for policy and planning, leading initiatives important to rights and election modernization, including California Motor Voter and the Voter’s Choice Act. Prior to the Secretary of State’s office, he worked in the California Legislature for eight years, including as a legislative consultant for then-State Senator Alex Padilla. A Sacramento-area native, Schwab graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a bachelor’s degree.