Jeff Gorell

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Jeff Gorell
California State Assembly District 44
In office
December 6, 2010-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 5
Base salary$95,291/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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
Office website
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 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 JD 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 Lieutenant Commander. 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. Gorell served as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy.

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.[2]

Of Gorell's decision to stay in office, MacEnery was quoted[2] 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 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 June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Thomas Mullens (D). Gorell defeated Eileen MacEnery (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

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[5]. He then defeated Democrat Ferial Masry in the November 2 general election.[6]

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


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Gorell raised $544,966 in contributions. [7]

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


Jeff and his wife, Laura, have two children: Ashley and Jack. They live in Camarillo.[8]

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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)