Michael Villines

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Michael Villines
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Candidate for
California Insurance Commissioner
Prior offices
California State Assembly District 29
Michael ("Mike") Villines is a former Republican member of the California State Assembly, representing California's District 29 from 2004 to 2010. He was the Assembly Minority Leader.

Villines was a candidate for state insurance commissioner in 2014.[1]


Villines has a B.A. in Political Science from the California State University-Fresno. His professional career includes a stint as chief of staff to former California assemblyman Chuck Poochigian. He also served on the staff of Gov. Pete Wilson.

Political career

California State Assembly (2004-2009)

Issue positions

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.[2][3]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Villines ranked as a 0. He was the only member of the California State Assembly that voted in line with what Capitol Weekly identified as the conservative position on each of the 19 votes they scored.[4]

"Sacramento Six"

Villines, along with five other Republicans in the California State Legislature voted for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's solution to the state's $41 billion dollar funding gap. The six Republicans are known as the Sacramento Six.[5]

2010 campaign for insurance commissioner

Currently, Villines is the only high profile GOP candidate for state insurance commissioner. The only other GOP candidate who has filed is Brian Fitzgerald, an employee at the San Francisco office of the state Department of Insurance, who has no reported campaign donations.

Villines' prominent position for statewide office has surprised some, as he still faced resentment from anti-tax conservatives stemming from his decision in February 2009 to support the state budget deal that included new taxes. The primary is scheduled to take place in June.[6]

Committee assignments

Villines served on the following committees:

Villines's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 607 - Education technology: grants
  • AB 809 - Taxation: federal conformity
  • AB 844 - State-mandated local programs: school districts

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



See also: State executive official elections, 2014

Villines ran for California Commissioner of Insurance in the 2014 elections.[7]


Villines was ineligible to run for re-election in 2010 due to the term limits of the California State Assembly.


In 2008 Villines was re-elected to the California State Assembly District 29. Villines (R) finished with 110,230 votes while his opponent Humberto Avila (D) finished with 57,100.[8]

California State Assembly District 29
Candidates Votes
Michael Villines (R) 110,230
Humberto Avila (D) 57,100

Campaign donors


Below are Villines's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[9]

Contributor 2008 total
AT&T $21,250
CA Building Industry Assoc $14,400
CA Medical Assoc $14,400
CA Trucking Assoc $14,400
CA Assoc of Realtors $14,400

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Political offices
Preceded by
California State Assembly District 29
Succeeded by
Linda Halderman