|Running for California Commissioner of Insurance|
|Date of primary||June 3, 2014|
|General election||November 4, 2014|
|California State Senate District 1|
|January 4, 2011-Present|
|December 5, 2016|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||January 4, 2011|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Term limits||2 terms (8 years)|
|California State Assembly|
|Bachelor's||Lewis & Clark College|
|Place of birth||Roseville, CA|
|Profession||President/Owner, Point West Insurance of Sacramento|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Gaines is running for the office of California Commissioner of Insurance in 2014. The primary election will be held on June 3, 2014. Gaines must receive the highest or second highest number of votes in order to advance to the general election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.
Gaines was elected to the California State Assembly in 2006 and won re-election to the state assembly in 2010. However, he won election to the California State Senate, District 1, in the January 4, 2011, special election.
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. 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. Gaines lives in Roseville with his wife Beth and six children.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Gaines served on the following committees:
|California Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Environmental Quality, Vice-chair|
|• Insurance, Vice-chair|
|• Public Employment and Retirement|
|• Transportation and Housing, Vice-chair|
|• Emergency Management|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Gaines served on these committees:
|California Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Elections and Constitutional Amendments|
|• Insurance, Vice-chair|
|• Public Employment and Retirement|
|• Transportation and Housing, Vice-chair|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Gaines served on these committees while a member of the California State Assembly:
|California Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media|
|• Banking and Finance|
|• Labor and Employment|
|• Rules, Vice-chair|
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.
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.
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.
On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Gaines ranked as a 6.
Gaines's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
Ted Gaines on budget and tax issues.
Gaines' 2011 special election campaign site emphasized several key policy positions and campaign themes:
- 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."
Gains is running for California Commissioner of Insurance in the 2014 election. He is seeking the nomination in the top-two primary election on June 3, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.
- 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.
|California State Senate, District 1, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Ted Gaines Incumbent||63.7%||263,256|
- 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).
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.
|California State Assembly, District 4 General Election (2010)|
|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)|
|Ted Gaines (R)||43,154|
|Joseph C. Kammerer (R)||7,229|
|California State Assembly District 4|
|Ted Gaines (R)||166,736|
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.
|Ted Gained's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||California State Senate, District 1||$454,496|
|2011||California State Senate, District 1||$409,709|
|2010||California State Assembly, District 4||$651,680|
|2008||California State Assembly, District 4||$565,028|
|2006||California State Assembly, District 4||$575,872|
|Grand Total Raised||$2,656,785|
2012Gaines 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|
|Fieldstead & Co||$7,800|
|Capital Insurance Group||$7,800|
|Total Raised in 2012||$454,496|
|Source:Follow the Money|
|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|
Below were Gaines's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
|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|
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- California down ballot state executive elections, 2014
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- Official Senate website for Ted Gaines
- Profile from Open States
- Legislative profile of Ted Gaines on Project Vote Smart
- Biographical profile of Ted Gaines on Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2008, 2006
- Ted Gaines on Twitter
- 2011 campaign YouTube channel
- The Pine Tree, "Gaines Announces Bid for California Insurance Commissioner," October 3, 2013
- Placer Herald "Gaines running unopposed for second Assembly term" September 17, 2008
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed March 13, 2014
- WatchDog.org "California senator seeks audit of state Obamacare exchange," accessed February 6, 2014
- Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard," December 17, 2009
- Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene," December 18, 2009
- Capitol Weekly, "2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard (Archived)," accessed March 13, 2014
- tedgaines.com, "Issues," accessed March 13, 2014
- youtube.com, "Ted Gaines for State Senate," accessed March 13, 2014
- California Secretary of Education, "CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Candidates & Elected Officials," accessed August 15, 2013
- California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014
- Roseville Press-Tribune "Ted Gaines wins Senate race," January 4, 2010
- California Secretary of State, "Official candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Campaign funds," accessed March 13, 2014
- "Follow the Money," "Gaines, Ted," accessed September 14, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign contributions," accessed March 13, 2014
Dave Cox (R)
|California State Senate District 1
| Succeeded by|
|California State Assembly District 4
| Succeeded by|
Beth Gaines (R)