Jim Brulte


“Our local LAFCO had initiated a process that likely would ultimately result in the elimination of our district. Jim Brulte and his California Strategies team crafted a strategy for us that resulted in LAFCO commissioners rejecting their own staff's recommendation, allowing us to continue our important work.”

- Melody McDonald, President, San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District

Senator Jim Brulte (Ret.) is the only freshman in California history to be elected leader of his party in both the State Senate and the State Assembly.   He served in the state legislature from 1990-2004 representing the Inland Empire counties of Riverside and San Bernardino.

During his time in Sacramento, Brulte established a reputation as an expert on the California Budget and wrote comprehensive legislation to reform California’s worker’s compensation and welfare systems.  He also wrote legislation to equalize the education funding formula which supported disadvantaged rural and suburban school districts.

Senator Brulte is a highly acclaimed speaker on California politics and public policy.  He is regularly interviewed by local, national and international television, radio and newspaper outlets.  His national interviews can be seen on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Fox Business, One America News as well as CBS, NBC and ABC.  He is also regularly interviewed by national television affiliates in Southern, Central and Northern California.

During his tenure as Chair of the California Republican Party, Brulte focused his party’s efforts on electing Republicans to County Boards of Supervisors, City Councils, School Boards and Special Districts.   As a principal of California Strategies, Brulte leverages these local elected official contacts to assist his clients in generating positive outcomes.

Brulte’s clients have successfully completed projects in Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Kern and Orange County. 

Recently named one of the 100 most powerful people in Southern California by The Los Angeles Times and one of the top 20 “most powerful political players in California” by Capitol Weekly, Jim Brulte opened the California Strategies Inland Empire office in 2005.

Currently, a member of the Statewide Advisory Board of the Public Policy Institute of California, Brulte has served in three presidential administrations and has been appointed by two California governors to state boards. Capitol Weekly wrote that “over the last 15 years, there has been no more enduring force in California Republican politics than Jim Brulte.”

Strategic Regulatory Consulting
Business and Government Issues Management
Land Use Entitlement and Development Strategies
Collaborative Community Outreach
Governmental Affairs and Stakeholder Strategies


Federal State & Local Government
Philanthropic Planning
Public Private Partnerships
Real Estate & Land Use
Strategic Communications
Career Highlights
Senate Republican Leader
Assembly Republican Leader
Served on legislative committees including Business and Professions, Governmental Organization, Transportation, and Rules
Listed in the Los Angeles Times Magazine as one of the most powerful people in Southern California
Member, Board of Visitors, United States Naval Academy (Appointed by President G.W. Bush)
Consultant to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (Reagan Administration)
Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs (Reagan Administration)
Served on legislative committees including; Energy, Utilities and Communications, Environmental Safety and Toxics, Budget, Governmental Organization, Transportation, Agriculture, Banking and Finance, Insurance and Rules
Selected as "Legislator of the Year" by the California Journal

Contact Jim Brulte

Jim Brulte in New Republic
Kevin understood how to connect on a member level, but he also understood how to connect on a personal level. And it was a sight to behold,” said Jim Brulte,...
Jim Brulte Featured in today’s Los Angeles Times Editorial
“But then Rowley sat down with Dustin Corcoran, CEO of the California Medical Assn., which was preparing to oppose the initiative. During a series of private meetings facilitated by former...
Jim Brulte in the Los Angeles Times
“Jim Brulte, former chairman of the California Republican Party, said that in the fight to finish in the top two in the primary and challenge Newsom in November, the competition...
Jim Brulte in the Los Angeles Times
Jim Brulte discusses the long term ramifications of forcing political rivals to testify by subpoena.
Jim Brulte – CNN
Former Republican leader in the CA State Senate describes the early political career of Kevin McCarthy who now aspires to be the next Speaker of the House.
Senator Jim Brulte (ret) Moderates the USC Dornsife Future of California – Herb Klein Lecture
“California is often looked at as a testing ground for progressive policy and serves as a model to expand these policies on a national scale. President Joe Biden’s Administration has...