Doug Ose

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Doug Ose
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2005
Preceded by Vic Fazio
Succeeded by Dan Lungren
Personal details
Born (1955-06-27) June 27, 1955 (age 59)
Sacramento, California
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lynnda Ose
Religion Lutheran

Douglas Arlo "Doug" 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] Ose announced his candidacy for California's 7th Congressional District.[2]

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Ose was born and raised in Sacramento, California. He graduate 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.[3]

U.S. House of Representatives (1999-2005)[edit]

In 1998, Ose decided to run for California's 3rd congressional district. In the open primary, he ranked first with 30% of the vote, qualifying for the November general election with Democrat Sandie Dunn, a lawyer, who received 23% of the vote.[4] Ose defeated her 52%-48%. He won re-election in 2000 with 56% of the vote[5] and 2002 with 62% of the vote.[6] While in Congress, Ose served on the House Government Reform Committee, the House Agriculture Committee and the House Financial Services Committee. While in congress he was a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership.

During his work 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] Ose voted for a $1.35 trillion tax reform package that ended the marriage penalty tax, lowered the estate tax and increased child tax credits for American families.[9]

While in congress he was a member of the centrist Republican Main Street Partnership Board of Directors, an organization whose members included Fred Upton, Steve LaTourette, John McCain, and the late Senator Arlen Specter.[10][11]

As Chairman of a House Government Reform Committee, Ose held hearings to promote legislation to change rules governing gifts to presidents.[12] In an effort to complete construction of a border fence originally started in 1996, Ose, along with David Drier, 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."[13] In 2004, he did not stand for re-election and was instead briefly a candidate in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate.

According to The Sacramento Bee, during his first 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.[14]

Committee assignments[edit]

2004 U.S. Senate election[edit]

Fulfilling a pledge to leave Congress after three terms, Ose left Washington in 2005.[14][15] In 2004, he did not stand for re-election and was instead briefly a candidate in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate.[16]

Congressional comeback[edit]

2008 election[edit]

After Congressman John Doolittle, who represents California's 4th congressional district, announced on January 10, 2008 his intent to retire from the U.S. House of Representatives after completing his 9th term, Ose weighed in on possibly running for Doolittle's seat during the 2008 elections. Ose originally faced opposition from former State Senator Rico Oller, who officially entered the race immediately after Doolittle announced his retirement. Oller dropped out when State Senator Tom McClintock announced on March 4 that he was running.[citation needed] McClintock defeated Ose 53%-39%. He won all nine of the district's counties.[17] Ose lost to McClintock but came in ahead of two other opponents: Suzanne Jones and Theodore Terbolizard.[18]

2014 election[edit]

On September 3, 2013, Ose formally announced his candidacy for California's 7th Congressional District,[2] in hopes to face freshman Democrat Ami Bera, who unseated Dan Lungren in 2012.[19] 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 will face Ose in the general election.[20]

Personal life[edit]

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.[14]


  1. ^ a b "Ose, Doug Bioagraphical Info". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Republican Doug Ose to challenge Democrat Ami Bera for California House seat". The Sacramento Bee. 4 September 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
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  12. ^ "Panel ends probe with criticism of Clintons" (13 February 2002). Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
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  14. ^ a b c "Doug Ose argues his record is reason to return him to Congress". Sacramento Bee. 31 March 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
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  16. ^ "Top GOP Contender Drops Bid to Seek Boxer's Seat". LA Times. 
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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Vic Fazio
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Dan Lungren