SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jeannine English has been appointed AARP California State President. Prior to her appointment, English served for two years on AARP's National Policy Council, an advisory committee to the AARP National Board of Directors. English came to AARP after a long and distinguished career in state government, including more than 10 years as executive director of the Little Hoover Commission, an independent state oversight agency created to investigate state government operations and promote efficiency, economy and improved service to the public. Most recently, English was appointed by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez to represent the public as a member of the Board of Governors of the California State Bar. As volunteer state president, English will lead the California Executive Council and work in partnership with State Director Tom Porter and in collaboration with other volunteers and staff to achieve AARP's strategic priorities in California. "We are thrilled to have Jeannine as our new state president," said State Director Tom Porter. "She brings a depth and breadth of experience that will greatly benefit AARP's more than 3 million California members." English, who celebrated her 50th birthday by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,340 ft.), is an avid runner and cyclist who recently completed her second annual bicycle ride around Lake Tahoe (72 miles). English and her husband, Howard Dickstein, have four sons, ranging in age from 14 to 29. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. We produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.