Steve Poizner

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Steve Poizner
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California Insurance Commissioner
Former officeholder
In office
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas (1978)
Master'sStanford University (1980)
Date of birthJune 4, 1957
Personal website
Stephen L. "Steve" Poizner (b. June 4, 1957) was the California Commissioner of Insurance from 2007-2011. He unsuccessfully sought the Republican Party nomination for Governor of California in 2010.[1]
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Poizner is a potential candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer in 2016.[2]


Prior to his political career, Poizner worked in the Silicon Valley as a high tech entrepreneur; founding both SnapTrak, Inc. and Strategic Mapping, Inc. SnapTrak was sold for $1.2 billion in 2000. He was a White House Fellow and Director of Critical Infrastructure Protection at the National Security Council from 2001-2002.


Poizner earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Texas in 1978 and an MBA from Stanford University in 1980.



  • In 2000, Poizner contributed about $200,000 to the campaign to pass Proposition 39. Proposition 39 lowered the threshold required to pass local education taxes from a two-thirds vote to 55 percent.[1]

Term limits

See also: Large donors opposing California Proposition 93

A supporter of term limits, Poizner announced in October 2007 that he was donating $1.5 million to the Alliance for California's Renewal, a campaign committee that opposed California's Proposition 93.[3][4]

Proposition 93 would have allowed legislative incumbents to stay in office longer.



See also: United States Senate election in California, 2016

Poizner is a potential candidate in the 2016 election for the U.S. Senate, to represent California.[2]


See also: California gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010
2010 Race for Governor - Republican Primary[5]
Candidates Percentage
Bill Chambers (R) 1.4%
Douglas R. Hughes (R) 1.0%
Ken Miller (R) 1.5%
Lawrence 'Larry' Natarelli (R) 2.3%
Robert C. Newman, II (R) 1.7%
Steve Poizner (R) 26.7%
David Tully-Smith (R) 1.0%
Green check mark.jpg Meg Whitman (R) 64.4%
Total votes 2,316,071


Poizner is married to Carol Poizner and together they have one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
California Commissioner of Insurance
Succeeded by
Dave Jones (D)