Steve Poizner

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Steve Poizner
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California Insurance Commissioner
Former officeholder
In office
2007-2011
PartyRepublican
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas (1978)
Master'sStanford University (1980)
Personal
BirthdayJune 4, 1957
Websites
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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Biography

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.

Education

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

Issues

Taxes

  • 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.[2],[3]

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

Elections

2010

See also: California gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010
2010 Race for Governor - Republican Primary [4]
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

Personal

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

See also

External links

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Political offices
Preceded by
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California Commissioner of Insurance
2007-2011
Succeeded by
Dave Jones (D)