Sam Aanestad

Samuel Mark Aanestad (July 16, 1946 – May 6, 2018) was an American physician, surgeon, and politician. A Republican, he served in the California State Assembly from the 3rd District from 1998 to 2002 and a member of the California State Senate from the 4th district from 2002 to 2010. He was an unsuccessful candidate for California's 1st Congressional District, which was being vacated by retiring Congressman Wally Herger.[1]

Sam Aanestad
State Sen. Sam Aanestad.jpg
Member of the California State Assembly from the 3rd District
In office
December 7, 1998 – November 30, 2002
Preceded byBernie Richter
Succeeded byRick Keene
Member of the California State Senate from the 4th district
In office
December 2, 2002 – November 30, 2010
Preceded byMaurice Johannessen
Succeeded byDoug LaMalfa
Personal details
Born
Samuel Mark Aanestad

(1946-07-16)July 16, 1946
Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S.
DiedMay 6, 2018(2018-05-06) (aged 71)
Penn Valley, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Susan Aanestad
Children3
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles (B.A. and DDS)
Golden Gate University (MPA, 1991)
Professionoral and maxillofacial surgeon

Education and early careerEdit

Aanestad was born in Bismarck, North Dakota. He received both his Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles. He then did a four-year Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at Highland Hospital in Oakland. Aanestad received a Master in Public Administration degree from Golden Gate University in 1991. He was honored by the UCLA School of Dentistry as their "Alumnus of the Year" in November 1998.[2]

Aanestad was a practicing dentist in Grass Valley, and served as the Vice-Chief of Surgery at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. He served three terms on the California Dental Association Council on Legislation, including three years as chairman, and he served two terms as president of the Butte-Sierra District Dental Society. He was also a member of the California and American Dental Association.[3]

Aanestad served 11 years on the Grass Valley School District Board of Trustees. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Grass Valley, a youth soccer, football, and baseball coach, and as a member of the KNCO radio broadcast team for Nevada Union High School football.[2]

State legislatureEdit

Aanestad was elected to the California State Assembly in 1998 to represent the 3rd District. In 2002, Aanestad was elected to the California State Senate, where he served for two terms.[1]

In the State Senate, Aanestad's top priorities included rural health care, protecting North State water, and constituent services.[4]

Lieutenant governor CampaignEdit

Aanestad ran in the Republican primary for Lieutenant Governor of California in 2010. He was defeated by Abel Maldonado, coming in second place with 31% of the vote.[citation needed]

Congressional campaignEdit

On February 9, 2012, Aanestad announced that he is officially running for the open 1st Congressional District in California being vacated by retiring Congressman Wally Herger. Aanestad, who has represented most of this 1st Congressional District over the past twelve years, was endorsed by Rep. Tom McClintock, a longtime friend and mentor who served with Aanestad in the Assembly and Senate.[5]

Aanestad came third in the open primary losing to fellow Republican State Sen. Doug LaMalfa and Democrat Jim Reed. The top two vote-getters faced off in the general election on Nov. 6, 2012.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Aanestad and his wife Susan lived in the 4th Senate District since 1980. The couple had three children. Aanestad died in Nevada County on May 6, 2018 after a long illness.[7][8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "JoinCalifornia - Sam Aanestad". www.joincalifornia.com.
  2. ^ a b "About Sam". Sam Aanestad for Congress. Archived from the original on 17 May 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "California Manufacturers & Technology Association". www.cmta.net.
  4. ^ "Documents" (PDF). www.co.yuba.ca.us.
  5. ^ "www.yubanet.com". Archived from the original on 2013-02-10. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Espino, Jenny (2 June 2012). "State of the north state congressional campaigns; 8 candidates crowssrace for House seat". Redding.com. Archived from the original on 6 June 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Former State Senator Samuel Aanestad dead at 71".
  8. ^ "Former California Lawmaker Sam Aanestad Dies".
California Assembly
Preceded by
Bernie Richter
California State Assemblyman
3rd District
1998–2002
Succeeded by
Rick Keene
California Senate
Preceded by
Maurice Johannessen
California State Senator
4th District
2002-2010
Succeeded by
Doug LaMalfa