Rex Hime, a life-long Republican, has dedicated his career to reducing taxes and limiting the burden of government on small business and families in California.
Active in civic, church, military service and alumni activities, Rex has shown a continued commitment to his community. He served as President Ronald Reagan’s appointee on the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency to fight for private property rights and was a member of the California Task Force on Violence Prevention appointed by then Attorney General Dan Lungren. Rex also most recently served as a Regent of the University of California.
As the President and CEO of the California Business Properties Association (CBPA), Rex represents more than 10,000 California companies. CBPA is the designated legislative advocate for shopping centers, industrial and office properties, building owners and managers and other real estate investors and leaders.
Prior to joining California Business Properties Association (CBPA), Rex served on then Governor Reagan’s educational staff responsible for outreach and legislation review and as Assistant to the Director for the State Department of Consumer Affairs. Later, he was the Executive Director of the California State Commission for Economic Development, Director for the California Commission on Agriculture, as well as Director of the Task Force on the Rural Economy and as a Special Assistant to the Lieutenant Governor. His legislative experience includes service as the Senior Assistant to the Minority Leader of the California State Assembly.
Currently, he serves as the Governors’ appointment to the Board of Directors of the California State Fair (CAL EXPO) and was its Chair for two years. He served as a Trustee, and Chair for the Greater Sacramento Valley Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He is a past President of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association and has served on the various finance committees for the campus, the association and student campaigns.
Rex helped to create the coalition that has stopped the threat of split roll tax several times; protecting homeowners and business owners across California from billions of dollars in higher taxes. He also provided leadership to a coalition of the business and disabled communities to successfully achieve passage of landmark legislation reforming and redefining the accessibility laws of California aimed at reducing drive by lawsuits. He most recently served as the Co-Chair of the successful NO on Proposition 10 campaign to defeat a rent control measure on the November 2018 ballot.
Rex has been involved in the drafting of major water storage efforts and worked for Proposition 204 (1994) and Proposition 13 (1999) and Proposition 84 (2006) serving on the steering and executive committees, as well as finance co-chair.
Rex served in both the Army Reserve and the California National Guard before retiring as a Major in 1990.
Rex was part of the Reagan delegation to the 1976 Republican National Convention and the California delegation in 2008. He was an active volunteer in the 1964 Goldwater campaign, the 1966 and 1970 Reagan campaigns.
Rex is a resident of Loomis, is married to Gwyn Bicker Hime and they have two grown sons — Rex and Reagan. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from UC Davis.