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Douglas Arlo Ose (born June 27, 1955) is a former California congressman who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1999 to 2005, representing California's 3rd Congressional District.[1] He was a candidate for Governor of California in the 2018 election.

Doug Ose
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2005
Preceded byVic Fazio
Succeeded byDan Lungren
Personal details
Douglas Arlo Ose

(1955-06-27) June 27, 1955 (age 64)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Lynnda Ose
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley (BS)

Early life, education, and careerEdit

Ose was born and raised in Sacramento, California. He graduated from Rio Americano High School and in 1977, earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.[1] He is a developer and businessman in Sacramento. He has been owner of a real estate development and investment company since 1985.[2]

U.S. House of Representatives (1999–2005)Edit

Ose greeting President George W. Bush in 2002

Ose served in Congress from 1999 to 2005, during which time he gained a reputation as a moderate Republican.[3][4] According to The Sacramento Bee, "Ose's record on abortion, guns and immigration policy placed him on the moderate end of his caucus. He's never been particularly partisan, or easy to pinpoint."[5]

While in Congress, Ose served on the House Government Reform Committee, the House Agriculture Committee and the House Financial Services Committee. He was also a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership, serving on the group's board of directors.[6]

During his time in Congress, Ose was named a "Hero of the Taxpayers" by Americans for Tax Reform,[7] a "Guardian of Small Business" by the National Federation of Independent Business[8] and earned a "Tax Fighter" award from the National Tax Limitation Committee.[8] In 2001, Ose voted for one of the largest tax cuts in American history, a $1.35 trillion tax reform package that ended the marriage penalty tax, lowered the estate tax and increased child tax credits.[9]

As Chairman of a House Government Reform Committee, Ose held hearings to promote legislation to change rules governing gifts to presidents.[10] In an effort to complete construction of a border fence originally started in 1996, Ose, along with David Dreier, co-authored a bill that would grant the United States Secretary of Homeland Security authorization to ignore all laws he or she deemed "necessary to ensure the expeditious construction of the barriers and roads under this section".[11]

According to The Sacramento Bee, during his congressional tenure, Ose appeared regularly in lists of the wealthiest members of Congress. According to financial disclosures, his wealth increased from between $13.5 million and $60 million to between $51.5 million and $175 million.[5]

In 2003, Ose dropped an exploratory effort for a potential U.S. Senate challenge to Barbara Boxer.[12] Ose honored a self-imposed term-limit pledge and declined to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2004.[13][14]

During his congressional tenure, Ose was listed in the House roll as "R-Sacramento," even though his district didn't include any portion of Sacramento itself.

Committee assignmentsEdit




In 1998, Ose decided to run for California's 3rd congressional district. In the open primary, he ranked first with 30% of the vote. His next closest competitor, Democrat Sandie Dunn, received 23% of the vote.[15] Ose and Dunn qualified for the general election, in which Ose defeated Dunn by a margin of 52%–45%--one of the few bright spots in a mostly bad year for Republicans, particularly in California.[15] Ose won re-election in 2000 with 56% of the vote and again in 2002 with 62% of the vote.[15]


In 2008, Ose ran in the primary election in California's 4th congressional district, a seat being left vacant by retiring Congressman John Doolittle. Ose lost the primary bid to Tom McClintock.[16]


On September 3, 2013, Ose formally announced his candidacy for his old district, which had been renumbered as the 7th district,[17] in hopes of facing freshman Democrat Ami Bera, who unseated Dan Lungren in 2012.[18] On June 3, Ose qualified for the November general election by ranking second in the open primary with 26% of the vote. He defeated Republicans Igor Birman and Elizabeth Emken. Bera ranked first with 48% of the vote and faced Ose in the general election.[19] The Rothenberg Political Report rated the contest as a "Pure Toss-up";[20] and even eight days after the November 4 election, the race was still undecided, with Bera leading Ose by just 711 votes at the time with 19,000 ballots yet to be counted.[21] Ultimately, Ose lost the race to Bera by 0.8%.

2018 California gubernatorial raceEdit

Ose hinted in 2017 that he was considering running for Governor of California in the 2018 election, telling the Los Angeles Times that he was "gravely concerned" about the state's future, elaborating "there's no other way to describe it – we've gone backwards. I don't care whether you're talking about housing or quality of jobs that are available or road maintenance or the homeless question. There's nobody in office today that's doing anything about it."[22] He officially announced he would run in January 2018.[23]

Personal lifeEdit

Ose is married to Lynnda Ose. They have two daughters, Erika and Emily, who attended Ose's former high school, Rio Americano High School. Their main residence is in the unincorporated area of Sacramento County.[5]

In 2011, when budget constraints forced the closure of Gibson Ranch Park in Sacramento County, Ose applied to run the facility as a private operator. Since Ose began managing the park in April 2011, the regional park has been open daily and has welcomed about 250,000 visitors.[24]


  1. ^ a b "Ose, Doug Biographical Info". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  2. ^ "Doug Ose's Biography". Vote Smart. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  3. ^ Cannon, Lou (August 9, 1998). "Moderate Calif. GOP Thriving in New Open Primaries". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  4. ^ Walters, Dan (June 14, 2014). "Democrats' congressional seats at risk in California". Desert Sun. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "Doug Ose argues his record is reason to return him to Congress". The Sacramento Bee. March 31, 2014. Archived from the original on April 15, 2014. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  6. ^ Cadelago, Christopher (December 13, 2003). "Center-right battle shaping up among Republicans challenging Ami Bera". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  7. ^ Archived from the original on April 16, 2014. Retrieved May 28, 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ a b Dan Lungren (March 5, 2008). "Guest View: Why I support Doug Ose for Congress". Tahoe Daily Tribune. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  9. ^ Weston, Mary (February 22, 2008). "Doug Ose campaigning in 4th Congressional district". Oroville Mercury-Register. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  10. ^ "Panel ends probe with criticism of Clintons". Chicago Tribune. February 13, 2002. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  11. ^ Juliet Eilperin (October 26, 2004). "House GOP Backs Easing Laws for Border Fence". The Washington Post. p. A03. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  12. ^ Finnegan, Michael (May 17, 2003). "Top GOP Contender Drops Bid to Seek Boxer's Seat". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  13. ^ Joseph, Cameron (March 7, 2013). "Ex-Rep. Ose mulling comeback bid against Rep. Bera". The Hill. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  14. ^ "Endorsement: Rep. Ami Bera and Doug Ose warrant top-two primary spots for Congressional District 7". The Sacramento Bee. May 6, 2014. Archived from the original on July 27, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  15. ^ a b c "Election Results". Associated Press. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  16. ^ Ortiz, Jon (July 15, 2013). "he Buzz: Conservatives ask Republican Doug Ose not to challenge Democrat Ami Bera". Merced Sun-Star. Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  17. ^ "Republican Doug Ose to challenge Democrat Ami Bera for California House seat". The Sacramento Bee. September 4, 2013. Archived from the original on April 24, 2014. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  18. ^ Laurel Rosenhall (November 15, 2012). "Ami Bera ousts Rep. Dan Lungren in congressional race". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  19. ^ Christopher Cadelago (June 3, 2014). "Bera, Ose headed for a fight over 7th congressional district". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  20. ^ "House Ratings". Rothenberg Political Report. October 17, 2014. Archived from the original on October 21, 2014. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
  21. ^ David Bienick (November 12, 2014). "Bera takes lead in race for 7th congressional district". Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  22. ^ Mehta, Seema. "Former GOP Rep. Doug Ose considering run for governor of California". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  23. ^ Template:Cite in February Ose dropped out of the race, citing lack of campaign funds. news
  24. ^ Cadelago, Christopher (August 7, 2014). "Doug Ose's county park project a work in progress". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved September 4, 2014.

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