Kenneth W. "Ken" Maddox, also known as Ken Lopez-Maddox (born February 29, 1964 in Long Beach, California) is a former California State Assemblyman who served from 1998 until 2004, representing part of Orange County.
He received his bachelors degree from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona and is a member of the fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon. He has his masters degree in management and was a past Senior Fellow of Public Policy at UCLA. He was a police officer in Tustin prior to his election to the Assembly. He remained a reserve police officer during his tenure in the legislature. He has also been a volunteer firefighter, and served in the Army National Guard from 1981 to 1989. He returned to service in the military following the attack on our nation on 9-11.
Ken Lopez-Maddox is a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and is the 15th great grandson of Swiss Mennonite Reformer, Christian Stauffer on his mother's side. His father's family has been from Yuma, Arizona since the end of the Apache Wars.
He was elected to the Assembly in November 1998.
While in the legislature, Maddox served on a variety of policy committees including Insurance, Utilities and Commerce, Governmental Organization, Environmental Safety and Toxics, Agriculture, Education and Local Government. He served on the Select Committee on Elder Abuse and the Select Committee on Police Conduct among others. He received the Order of California from Governor Gray Davis for his efforts on behalf of military veterans.
He authored California's Amber Alert, Safe Surrender for Newborns and ocean water quality legislation to protect Huntington Beach's coastline and marine life. He was once the bassist for the Huntington Beach surf punk band, The Ziggens.
He was also the Republican lead on the investigation into corruption at the Department of Insurance.
Prior to serving in the legislature, he served on the Garden Grove City Council. Maddox oversaw major resort developments along the Harbor Corridor south of Disneyland. He was also highly involved in the construction of an education center and the recruitment of national restaurant chains to the area.
Maddox's term limit as a California State Assemblyman was reached in 2004, forcing him out of that office.
2006 Senate Race
He lost a State Senate primary in 2004 to John Campbell, an Assemblyman from a neighboring district. Maddox got 30% of the vote in the primary compared to Campbell's 61% of the vote. Maddox considered running for Lieutenant Governor in 2006, but ultimately did not.
He did serve as California Vice-President of Republicans for Environmental Protection.
Board of Equalization
He is now an Information Officer II with the Board of Equalization.
In 2008, he was elected to a seat on the Board of Trustees of the Capistrano Unified School District after the incumbent was removed by the electorate in a recall election. But two years later, on November 2, 2010, he himself was removed from the Board of Trustees in a recall election funded by the teachers' union. Approximately 62% of the CUSD voters voted to recall him from office.
- "Decision '98". Los Angeles Times. November 4, 1998. Retrieved April 11, 2011.
- "Capo voters re-create divided school board". Orange County Register. November 3, 2010. Retrieved April 11, 2011.
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