Edward Moore Gaines (born April 25, 1958) is an American politician from California, currently a member of the California Board of Equalization for the 1st district. He previously served as a California State Senator, representing the 1st Senate district from 2011 to 2019.
|Member of the California State Board of Equalization|
from the 1st District
|Assumed office |
January 7, 2019
|Preceded by||George Runner|
|Member of the California Senate|
from the 1st district
January 6, 2011 – January 7, 2019
|Preceded by||Dave Cox|
|Succeeded by||Brian Dahle|
|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 4th district
December 4, 2006 – January 6, 2011
|Preceded by||Tim Leslie|
|Succeeded by||Beth Gaines|
Edward Moore Gaines
April 25, 1958
|Residence||El Dorado Hills, California|
|Alma mater||Lewis & Clark College|
|Occupation||Insurance company owner|
He won a January 4, 2011, special election to replace the late Dave Cox and took office two days later. Prior to his election to the Senate, Gaines was a California State Assemblyman, who represented the 4th Assembly district; a district centered around the Placer County suburbs east of Sacramento. Gaines succeeded longtime local politician Tim Leslie in the Assembly.
Political philosophy and viewsEdit
A Republican, Gaines is an opponent of what he describes as "big government social programs." Gaines, a local businessman, holds views on issues that can be generally classified as conservative, which puts him in line with the area's leanings (Placer County has not voted for a Democratic nominee for President since Jimmy Carter).
Gaines is the owner of Gaines Insurance located in Roseville, California.
Early political careerEdit
In 1997, Gaines was appointed to the Roseville Planning Commission, where he served for two years. In 2000, he was elected to the Placer County Board of Supervisors. He was reelected to a second term in 2004.
2008 congressional electionEdit
Gaines formed an exploratory committee in Fall of 2007 to run against longtime Congressman John Doolittle, who many Republicans feared could not win reelection due to a number of scandals. However, before Doolittle announced he was retiring, Gaines announced he had decided to instead run for a second term in the State Assembly, for which he had neither a primary nor general election opponent.
2014 Insurance Commissioner electionEdit
Gaines ran for California Insurance Commissioner in 2014 against Democratic incumbent Dave Jones. They both advanced to the general election, which Jones won by 4,038,165 votes (57.5%) to 2,981,951 (42.5%).
2018 Board of Equalization electionEdit
- Ted Gaines for Assembly Homepage. http://www.tedgaines.com/about/
- Christopher Cadelago (October 3, 2013). "Ted Gaines announces insurance commissioner run". The Sacramento Bee. Archived from the original on March 16, 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- Board of Equalization Results of All Districts, California Secretary of State
- "Senator Ted Gaines Biography". Senator Ted Gaines. California State Senate Republican Caucus. Retrieved 26 June 2017.