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Doug Ose

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Doug Ose
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 7
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives
Bachelor'sU.C. Berkeley
Campaign website
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Doug Ose was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 7th Congressional District of California.[1] Ose was narrowly defeated by incumbent Ami Bera (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2] California's 7th Congressional District was a battleground in 2014.

Ose is a potential candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer in 2016.[3]


Ose previously served three terms in Congress, representing California's 3rd Congressional District. In 2011, he assumed operations of Gibson Ranch Regional Park. Ose holds a degree in business administration from U.C. Berkeley.[4]

Political career

During his time in Congress, Ose was named a “Hero of the Taxpayers” by Americans for Tax Reform,[5] a “Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Business[6] and earned a “Tax Fighter” award from the National Tax Limitation Committee.[6] Ose voted for a $1.35 trillion tax reform package that ended the marriage penalty tax, lowered the estate tax and increased child tax credits for American families.[7]

As Chairman of a House Government Reform Committee, Ose held hearings to promote legislation to change rules governing gifts to presidents.[8] In an effort to complete construction of a border fence originally started in 1996, Ose, along with David Drier, co-authored a bill that would grant the United States Secretary of Homeland Security authorization to expeditiously finish "construction of the barriers and roads under this section."[9]


Campaign themes


Ose's campaign website listed the following issues:[10]

  • Putting Our Community First, not the Special Interests: "Our economy is stalled by sluggish growth and one of the slowest recoveries in history. It simply isn’t providing enough opportunity for Americans who need to find a job, expand their business or hire more workers. Full time employment is becoming harder to find with the advent of Obamacare, and employers are shifting to more part-time workers."
  • Drought/Protecting Local Water Supply: "We have a real water crisis here in the Sacramento region. While man has no control over Mother Nature, poor management practices and government’s failure to build sufficient upstream retention facilities have made our region’s drought even worse. When it was predicted that California’s population was to grow by millions of people, having a shortage of local water was foreseeable."
  • Reducing the Tax Burden: "America’s complicated and contradictory tax system benefits the politically connected at the expense of people who work hard and play by the rules. Every year, Americans are asked to pay more in taxes and receive less in public services. The federal government is now borrowing 40 cents of every dollar to sustain unprecedented deficit spending."
  • Holding Government Accountable: "Government spending is growing at a record pace under President Obama. Our nation’s debt is out of control. This unsustainable and reckless spending puts our financial security at risk, and burdens the American taxpayer more every day. It’s time to hold government accountable for the money it spends and the decisions it makes."
  • Our Schools: Local Control, World-Class Standards: "Every school must be a place where every student can learn. And without world-class standards in school, America’s future is threatened. That is why education decisions must be made by parents and local school boards, not bureaucrats in Washington, D.C."


—Doug Ose's campaign website,



See also: United States Senate election in California, 2016

Ose is a potential candidate in the 2016 election for the U.S. Senate, to represent California.[3]


See also: California's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

California's 7th Congressional District was a battleground district in 2014 due to the low margin of victory for Democrats in the last election and last two presidential elections. Incumbent Ami Bera (D) and Doug Ose (R) triumphed in the blanket primary over Igor Birman (R), Elizabeth Emken (R), Douglas Arthur Tuma (L) and Phill Tufi (I). Bera then narrowly defeated Ose in the general election.[12][13]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Ose to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that made this list were set to receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[14]

U.S. House, California District 7 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAmi Bera Incumbent 50.4% 92,521
     Republican Doug Ose 49.6% 91,066
Total Votes 183,587
Source: California Secretary of State
U.S. House, California District 7 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAmi Bera Incumbent 46.7% 51,878
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Ose 26.4% 29,307
     Republican Igor Birman 17.5% 19,431
     Republican Elizabeth Emken 7.1% 7,924
     Libertarian Art Tuma 1.5% 1,629
     Independent Phill Tufi 0.8% 869
Total Votes 111,038
Source: California Secretary of State

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Ose's reports.


Ose and his wife, Lynnda, have two children.[4]

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  1. The Sacramento Bee, "Republican Igor Birman, McClintock aide, to challenge Ami Bera," September 5, 2013
  2. The Sacramento Bee, "Bera beats Ose in high-priced congressional race," November 19, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Daily KOS, "Who wants to take Barbara Boxer's seat? An updated list of potential Senate candidates," January 12, 2015
  4. 4.0 4.1 Campaign website, "Meet Doug," accessed April 14, 2014
  5. Sacramento Bee, "Ad Watch: Ose was a ‘hero,’ but many others were, too," April 3, 2014 (dead link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Tahoe Daily Tribune, "Guest View: Why I support Doug Ose for Congress," March 5, 2008
  7. Oroville Mercury-Register, "Doug Ose campaigning in 4th Congressional district," February 22, 2008
  8. Chicago Tribune, "Panel ends probe with criticism of Clintons," February 13, 2002
  9. Washington Post, "House GOP Backs Easing Laws for Border Fence," October 26, 2004
  10. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed April 14, 2014
  11. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  12. The New York Times, "California Primary Results," June 3, 2014
  13. The Sacramento Bee, "Bera beats Ose in high-priced congressional race," November 19, 2014
  14. Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’" accessed November 21, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Doug Ose April Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Doug Ose July Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Doug Ose October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Doug Ose Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Doug Ose April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Doug Ose Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Doug Ose July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Doug Ose October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Doug Ose Pre-General," accessed November 24, 2014