Ted Gaines

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Ted Gaines
Member of the California Senate
from the 1st district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 6, 2011
Preceded by Dave Cox
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 4th district
In office
December 4, 2006 – January 6, 2011
Preceded by Tim Leslie
Succeeded by Beth Gaines
Personal details
Born (1958-04-25) April 25, 1958 (age 56)
Roseville, California
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Beth Gaines
Residence Roseville, California
Alma mater Lewis & Clark College
Occupation Insurance company owner
Religion Christianity (member of Bayside Covenant Church in Roseville)

Edward M. Gaines (born April 25, 1958) is a California State Senator, representing the 1st Senate district. 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, representing the 4th Assembly district, which is centered on the suburbs of Placer County, which are located east of Sacramento. Gaines succeeded longtime local politician Tim Leslie in the Assembly.

Political philosophy and views[edit]

A Republican, Gaines is an opponent of what he describes as "big government social programs." [1] 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).

Private sector[edit]

Gaines is the owner of Gaines Insurance located in Roseville, California.

2008 congressional election[edit]

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.

Private life[edit]

Gaines and his wife Beth live in Roseville (where the Gaines family has resided for five generations) with their 6 children—5 girls and 1 boy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ted Gaines for Assembly Homepage. http://www.tedgaines.com/about/

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