LOS ANGELES - California Gov. Jerry Brown Jr. appointed Jodi Remke as chairperson of the California Fair Political Practices Commission on April 23.

The FPPC, the state's political watchdog, was created by the Political Reform Act of 1974, a ballot initiative passed by California voters as Proposition 9.

Remke, a Democrat, will receive $136,144 in the position that does not require Senate confirmation.

The 48-year-old Oakland resident has been presiding judge at the State Bar Court of California since 2006, where she was hearing judge from 2000 to 2006.

Prior to that, she worked as an attorney with the California State Senate Judiciary Committee from 1997 to 2000, at the Montana Legal Services Association from 1994 to 1996 and at Miller Starr and Regalia from 1991 to 1994.

Remke is board president of the National Council of Lawyer Disciplinary Boards.

She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Ann Ravel, the prior chairperson, resigned last year to take a job with the Federal Election Commission.

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