Jeff Gorell

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Jeff Gorell
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, California, District 26
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
California State Assembly District 44
In office
December 6, 2010-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 4
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Davis
J.D.University of the Pacific
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy Reserves
Years of serviceActive
Campaign website
Jeff Gorell is a Republican member of the California State Assembly, representing District 44. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Gorell won re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012. He returned to California in March, following a year of active duty in Afghanistan.[1]

Gorell is running for election to the U.S. House in 2014, representing California's 26th Congressional District.[2]


Gorell earned his bachelor's degree in History from the University of California Davis, his certificate in International Law from the University of Salzburg in Austria, and his J.D. from the McGeorge School of Law at University of the Pacific.

His professional experience includes working as a teacher at California Lutheran University. From 1992 to 1996, he was a writer/deputy press secretary for the Office of Governor Pete Wilson. He then worked as advocate/director of communications for the California Manufacturers and Technology Association from 1996 to 1999. Gorell was employed as deputy district attorney for Ventura County from 1999 to 2006. He currently serves in the United States Navy Reserves as a Commander, a rank he was promoted to on June 20, 2014.[3] He is also co-owner of Paladin Principle Limited Liability Company. Gorell is currently employed as an adjunct professor of Public Policy at California Lutheran University.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Gorell served on the following committees:

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Accountability and Administrative Review
Budget, Vice-chair
Labor and Employment
Utilities and Commerce
Legislative Budget


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Gorell served on these committees:



Absence for Navy Service

Gorell's opponent in the 2012 election, Eileen MacEnery (D), has criticized Gorell for his absence from the legislature while serving in the Navy. Gorell is a reservist who was called up near the time of his election. He continued to hold his seat in the legislature even though he was in Afghanistan; fourteen bills were introduced in his name when he was on his year-long tour of duty.[4]

Of Gorell's decision to stay in office, MacEnery was quoted[4] as saying:

"I’m tired of people of (this district) and East Ventura County not being represented by either party. Jeff Gorell is a decent, honorable, ethical person. He was called to Afghanistan and had a lot more things on his mind. The (issue) is not why he vacated office, it’s that he did vacate office. Proper procedure wasn’t followed. (The 37th District) was left without representation. To me, this is a violation of the oath of office."



See also: California's 26th Congressional District elections, 2014

Gorell is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 26th District. Gorell and Julia Brownley (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014, defeating Rafael Dagnesses (R) and Douglas Kmiec (I).[5] They will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014.

After the blanket primary, Cook Political Report shifted the rating of this race from Lean D to Toss-up. The Republican candidates in the race received over 50% of the primary vote, a concerning fact for incumbent Julia Brownley (D).[6]

U.S. House, California District 26 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJulia Brownley Incumbent 45.5% 38,854
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Gorell 44.5% 38,021
     Republican Rafael Dagnesses 7.7% 6,536
     Independent Douglas Kmiec 2.3% 1,980
Total Votes 85,391
Source: California Secretary of State


Gorell was endorsed by Tony Strickland, the Republican candidate for the seat in 2012.[2]


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Gorell won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 44. Due to redistricting following the 2010 census, he was displaced from District 37. He advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Thomas Mullens (D). Gorell defeated Eileen MacEnery (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

California State Assembly, District 44, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Gorell Incumbent 52.9% 86,132
     Democratic Eileen MacEnery 47.1% 76,805
Total Votes 162,937
California State Assembly, District 44 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEileen MacEnery 23.3% 15,343
     Democratic Thomas Mullens 18.6% 12,226
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Gorell Incumbent 58.1% 38,263
Total Votes 65,832


Gorell defeated Robert W. Howell in the June 8th, 2010 Primary Election earning 89% of the vote[9]. He then defeated Democrat Ferial Masry in the November 2 general election.[10]

California State Assembly, District 37 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jeff Gorell (R) 90,649
Ferial Masry (D) 64,413
California House of Representatives, District 37 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jeff Gorell (R) 39,281
Robert W. Howell (R) 4,632

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gorell is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Gorell raised a total of $1,234,719 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 14, 2013.[11]

Jeff Gorell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Assembly, District 44 Won $460,282
2010 California State Assembly, District 37 Won $544,966
2004 California State Assembly, District 37 Defeated $229,471
Grand Total Raised $1,234,719


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

Jeff Gorell (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[12]January 30, 2014$0$132,929$(2,041)$130,887
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2014$130,887$217,814$(93,230)$255,472
Pre-Primary[14]May 22, 2014$255,472$51,611$(184,901)$122,181
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2014$122,181$270,447$(86,501)$306,126
Running totals


Gorell won re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Gorell raised a total of $460,282.
California State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jeff Gorell's campaign in 2012
California Association of Realtors$15,600
California Correctional Peace Officers Association$7,800
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians$7,800
General Electric$7,800
Total Raised in 2012$460,282
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Gorell raised $544,966 in contributions.[16]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Gorell Advocacy Co $25,000
Farmers Insurance Group $8,800
AT&T $8,800
California Dental Association $7,900


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In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[17]


In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[18]


Jeff and his wife, Laura, have two children: Ashley and Jack. They live in Camarillo.[19]

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  1. LA Times, "California lawmaker to seek re-election after year in Afghanistan," February 10, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Los Angeles Times, "GOP Assemblyman Jeff Gorell to challenge Rep. Julia Brownley," November 25, 2013
  3., "Gorell installed as Navy Reserve commander," June 23, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Camarillo Acorn, "Two challenge Gorell for Assembly seat," May 11, 2012
  5. The New York Times, "California Primary Results," June 3, 2014
  6. Red State, "Cook Political Report shifts California-26 from Lean D to Toss-up.," June 23, 2014
  7. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  8. California Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  9. California Secretary of State, "Primary Results," June 8, 2010
  10. California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  11. Follow the Money, "Gorell, Jeff," accessed September 14, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Jeff Gorell Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Jeff Gorell April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Jeff Gorell Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Jeff Gorell July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2014
  16. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  17. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  18. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  19., "Biography (Archived)," accessed March 13, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Anthony Portantino, Jr. (D)
California State Assembly District 44
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Audra Strickland (R)
California Assembly District 37
Succeeded by
Das Williams (D)