Ted Gaines

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Ted Gaines
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California State Senate District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 4, 2011-Present
Term ends
December 5, 2016
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedJanuary 4, 2011
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
California State Assembly
2006-2011
Education
Bachelor'sLewis & Clark College
Personal
Place of birthRoseville, CA
ProfessionPresident/Owner, Point West Insurance of Sacramento
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Ted Gaines is a Republican member of the California State Senate, representing District 1. He was first elected to the chamber on January 4, 2011. He previously served in the California State Assembly from 2006 to 2011.

Gaines ran for the office of California Commissioner of Insurance in 2014.[1] Ted Gaines lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Biography

Gaines' professional experience includes working as the President and owner of Point West Insurance of Sacramento. His career in politics started in 1997 with an appointment to the Roseville Planning Commission where he served one term ending in 1999.[2] He then served on the Placer County Board of Supervisors from 2000-2006. Gaines is involved with a number of organizations, including the Auburn Dam Coalition, Bayside Covenant Church, Golden Sierra Job Training Partnership, Placer County Transportation Agency, Sacramento Area Council of Governments and Sacramento Area Commerce & Trade Organization.[3] Gaines lives in Roseville with his wife Beth and six children.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations
Environmental Quality, Vice-chair
Insurance, Vice-chair
Public Employment and Retirement
Transportation and Housing, Vice-chair
Emergency Management

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Gaines served on these committees while a member of the California State Assembly:

Issues

Healthcare audit

In January 2014, Gaines supported an audit of California's health care exchange after reports of $1.37 million spent on an advertising campaign by Covered California, the state's health exchange. The exchange also faces a $78 million deficit during the next fiscal year due to cutbacks in federal funding. “What a waste of money — oh, my gosh,” said Gaines in an interview. “I looked at the video and was blown away that they would spend money on that. And for them to think that people would want to sign up for health insurance from seeing it? Give me a break.”

Gaines formally requested the audit with the chairman of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, the same committee that recently discovered the exchange’s fiscal shortfall. Gaines, also the vice chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Insurance, said Covered California did not have a credible plan to cover its deficit and feared that policy holders would be hit with a large rate increase.[4]

Gaines's sponsored legislation in the California State Assembly includes:

  • AB 461 - Economic Crime Act of 1992: reenactment
  • AB 784 - Insurance transactions: nonadmitted insurers
  • AB 1150 - Solid waste: resource recycling and recovery

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Legislative scorecard

Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score.[5][6]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Gaines ranked as a 6.[7]

Campaign themes

2012

Gaines's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[8]

  • Taxes
Excerpt: "High taxes hurt families and small businesses and harm our economy. I strongly oppose any plan that raises taxes in California. I oppose any scheme to lower the vote requirement for tax increases or to dismantle Proposition 13, which has protected generations of Californians from unfair property tax increases."
  • Budget
Excerpt: "California’s deficit and yearly budget crisis is the direct result of years of reckless spending decisions by the Legislature. We need to tear up the legislature’s credit card and put a cap on spending, to stop the rapid growth of government."
  • Jobs
Excerpt: "Economic recovery will come from the private sector, not from government. In fact, government policies have harmed our state’s economy and driven businesses to other states or countries."

2011


Ted Gaines on budget and tax issues.[9]

Gaines' 2011 special election campaign site emphasized several key policy positions and campaign themes:[8]

  • Budget: "California’s deficit and yearly budget crisis is the direct result of years of reckless spending decisions by the Legislature. We need to tear up the legislature’s credit card and put a cap on spending, to stop the rapid growth of government."
  • Jobs: "Economic recovery will come from the private sector, not from government. In fact, government policies have harmed our state’s economy and driven businesses to other states or countries. We need to end the anti-business attitude in Sacramento and invite good, job-creating businesses back to California with lower taxes and less onerous regulations."
  • Taxes: "High taxes hurt families and small businesses and harm our economy. I strongly oppose any plan that raises taxes in California. I oppose any scheme to lower the vote requirement for tax increases or to dismantle Proposition 13, which has protected generations of Californians from unfair property tax increases. I have an “A” rating from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association."

Elections

2014

See also: California down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Gains ran for California Commissioner of Insurance in the 2014 election.[10] He was nominated along with Democratic incumbent Ted Gaines in the top-two primary election on June 3, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Gaines announcement video launching 2014 campaign for state insurance commissioner. Released Oct. 2, 2013

Results

Primary election
California Insurance Commissioner, Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDave Jones Incumbent 53.1% 2,106,671
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTed Gaines 41.6% 1,651,242
     Peace and Freedom Nathalie Hrizi 5.4% 212,991
Total Votes 3,970,904
Election Results California Secretary of State.


General election
Insurance Commissioner of California, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDave Jones Incumbent 57.5% 4,038,165
     Republican Ted Gaines 42.5% 2,981,951
Total Votes 7,020,116
Election Results via California Secretary of State.

2012

See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

Gaines won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Senate District 1. He and Julie Griffith-Flatter (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Les Baugh (R) and Bogdan Ambrozewicz (I). Gaines was victorious in the general election on November 6, 2012.[11][12]

California State Senate, District 1, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTed Gaines Incumbent 63.7% 263,256
     Democratic Julie Griffith-Flatter 36.3% 150,111
Total Votes 413,367
California State Senate, District 1 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJulie Griffith-Flatter 30% 68,497
     Republican Les Baugh 16.4% 37,441
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTed Gaines Incumbent 48.3% 110,168
     Independent Bogdan Ambrozewicz 5.2% 11,923
Total Votes 228,029

2011

See also: State legislative special elections, 2011; California state legislative special elections, 2011

Gaines won election in the January 4, 2011 special election to fill a vacancy in the 1st District of the California State Senate. Gaines advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Ken Cooley (D).[13][14]

2010

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Gaines won re-election to the 4th District seat in 2010. He advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Joseph C. Kammerer in the June 8 primary, receiving 43,154 votes to Kammerer's 7,229. He then advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Dennis J. Campanale and Daniel D. Frederick in the November 2 general election.[15][16]

California State Assembly, District 4 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ted Gaines (R) 109,672
Dennis J. Campanale (D) 68,306
Daniel D. Frederick (Peace and Freedom) 8,647
California House of Representatives, District 4 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ted Gaines (R) 43,154
Joseph C. Kammerer (R) 7,229

2008

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2008

In 2008, Gaines was re-elected to the California State Assembly District 4. Gaines (R) ran unopposed and finished with 166,736 votes.[17] Gaines raised $565,028 for his campaign fund.[18]]</ref>

California State Assembly District 4
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ted Gaines (R) 166,736

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gaines is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Gaines raised a total of $2,656,785 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 14, 2013.[19]

Ted Gained's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Senate, District 1 Won $454,496
2011 California State Senate, District 1 Won $409,709
2010 California State Assembly, District 4 Won $651,680
2008 California State Assembly, District 4 Won $565,028
2006 California State Assembly, District 4 Won $575,872
Grand Total Raised $2,656,785

2012

Gaines won re-election to the California State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Gaines raised a total of $454,496.
California State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ted Gaines's campaign in 2012
California Association of Realtors$15,600
Personal Insurance Federation of California$7,950
Philip Morris$7,800
Fieldstead & Co$7,800
Capital Insurance Group$7,800
Total Raised in 2012$454,496
Source:Follow the Money

2010

California State Assembly 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ted Gaines's campaign in 2010
Farmers Insurance Group$8,800
California Bankers Association$7,800
Anthem Blue Cross$7,800
Association Of California Life & Health Insurance Companies$7,800
California Association Of Realtors$7,800
Total Raised in 2010 $651,680

2008

Below were Gaines's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[20]

Contributor 2008 total
CA Medical Assoc $8,200
Farmers Insurance Group $7,400
California Bankers Assoc $7,200
Musolino Children Partnership $7,200
Blue Shield of CA $7,200

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in California

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of California scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

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2014

In 2014, the California State Legislature was in session from January 6 to August 30.[21]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "to limit the undue influence of Big Money in politics in California."
Candidates for office were scored on their responses to a survey "on whether they support legislation for more disclosure on political ads and public financing of campaigns."

2013

In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[22]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills and letters signed supported by CHS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills lobbied for and against by CLF.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by CPC.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "family values."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "affect the lives of California seniors and their families."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "consumer rights."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by EQ CA.
Legislators are scored on their votes on "taxpayer-related issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by PP.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills selected by SC California as most important to the state's environmental quality.

2012

In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[23]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "to limit the undue influence of Big Money in politics in California."
Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills and letters signed supported by CHS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills lobbied for and against by CLF.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills protect water or promote safe and affordable water.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "affect the lives of California seniors and their families."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "consumer rights."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by EQ CA.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by PP.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills selected by SC California as most important to the state's environmental quality.

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References

  1. The Pine Tree, "Gaines Announces Bid for California Insurance Commissioner," October 3, 2013
  2. Placer Herald, "Gaines running unopposed for second Assembly term" September 17, 2008 (dead link) (dead link)
  3. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed March 13, 2014
  4. WatchDog.org, "California senator seeks audit of state Obamacare exchange," accessed February 6, 2014
  5. Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard," December 17, 2009
  6. Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene," December 18, 2009
  7. Capitol Weekly, "2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard (Archived)," accessed March 13, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 tedgaines.com, "Issues," accessed March 13, 2014
  9. youtube.com, "Ted Gaines for State Senate," accessed March 13, 2014
  10. California Secretary of Education, "CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Candidates & Elected Officials," accessed August 15, 2013
  11. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  12. California Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  13. Roseville Press-Tribune, "Ted Gaines wins Senate race," January 4, 2010
  14. California Secretary of State, "Official candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  15. California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  16. California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  17. California Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  18. Follow the Money, "Campaign funds," accessed March 13, 2014
  19. Follow the Money, "Gaines, Ted," accessed September 14, 2013
  20. Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign contributions," accessed March 13, 2014
  21. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  22. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  23. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Dave Cox (R)
California State Senate District 1
2011–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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California State Assembly District 4
2006–2011
Succeeded by
Beth Gaines (R)