Richard Zeiger serves as the Chief Deputy Superintendent to California State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) Tom Torlakson. Zeiger is responsible for managing and coordinating all functions of the California Department of Education (CDE). He provides direction for the development and implementation of statewide educational strategies and oversees program and policy operations.
Zeiger represents the SSPI with a variety of organizations, including the U.S. Department of Education, the State Board of Education, the California Legislature, other state boards and commissions, county offices of education, and local school districts.
Prior to joining CDE, Zeiger worked for the state Legislature for 14 years. Most recently he was chief of staff to Superintendent Torlakson when Torlakson was a member of the state Senate and state Assembly. He has also served as a principal consultant and chief of staff to both Assembly and Senate leaders.
Before entering state service Zeiger was a journalist. He was editor of the California Journal and Sacramento correspondent for the Riverside Press Enterprise. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of California, Riverside, where he earned a degree in political science.
Zeiger and his wife, Jane, have been married for nearly 40 years. They have two children, Sarah and Benjamin. Everyone in the Zeiger family went to California public schools and both children are graduates of the University of California.