Doug Ose

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Doug Ose
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2005
Preceded byVic Fazio
Succeeded byDan Lungren
Personal details
Douglas Arlo Ose

(1955-06-27) June 27, 1955 (age 67)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
SpouseLynnda Ose
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley (BS)

Douglas Arlo Ose (born June 27, 1955) is an American businessman and politician who served as the U.S. representative for California's 3rd congressional district from 1999 to 2005. He is a member of the Republican Party.[1] On March 16, 2021, Ose announced his intention to run for Governor of California in the 2021 California gubernatorial recall election of Governor Gavin Newsom. On August 17, 2021, Ose announced that he was withdrawing from the race after suffering a heart attack.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Ose was born and raised in Sacramento, California. He graduated from Rio Americano High School and in 1977, earned a B.S. in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley.[1] After graduating from college, Ose began his career as a real estate developer.[3]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Ose greeting President George W. Bush in 2002

During his time in Congress, Ose was named a "Hero of the Taxpayers" by Americans for Tax Reform,[4] a "Guardian of Small Business" by the National Federation of Independent Business[5] and earned a "Tax Fighter" award from the National Tax Limitation Committee.[5]

In 2001, Ose voted for one of the largest tax cuts in American history, a $1.35 trillion tax reform package that ended the marriage penalty tax, lowered the estate tax and increased child tax credits.[6]

In December 2003, Ose introduced a bill (H.R. 3687) to outlaw the broadcast of George Carlin's "seven dirty words", including "compound use (including hyphenated compounds) of such words and phrases with each other or with other words or phrases, and other grammatical forms of such words and phrases (including verb, adjective, gerund, participle, and infinitive forms)". The bill omitted "tits", but included "asshole", which was not one of Carlin's original seven words. The bill was referred to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution in January 2004, where it was tabled.[7]

As Chairman of a House Government Reform Committee, Ose held hearings to promote legislation to change rules governing gifts to presidents.[8]

In an effort to complete construction of a border fence originally started in 1996, Ose, along with David Dreier, co-authored a bill that would grant the United States Secretary of Homeland Security authorization to ignore all laws deemed "necessary to ensure the expeditious construction of the barriers and roads under this section".[9]

According to The Sacramento Bee, during his congressional tenure, Ose appeared regularly in lists of the wealthiest members of Congress. This was based on the value of his real estate holdings purchased in the 1980s. According to financial disclosures his net worth is between $51.5 million and $175 million.[10]

Ose honored a self-imposed term-limit pledge and declined to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2004.[11][12]

Committee assignments[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. His next closest competitor, Democrat Sandie Dunn, received 23% of the vote.[13]

Ose and Dunn qualified for the general election, in which Ose defeated Dunn by a margin of 52%–45%. Ose won re-election in 2000 with 56% of the vote and again in 2002 with 62% of the vote.[13]


In 2008, Ose ran in the primary election in California's 4th congressional district, a seat being left vacant by retiring Congressman John Doolittle. Ose lost the primary bid to Tom McClintock.[14][15]


On September 3, 2013, Ose formally announced his candidacy for his old district, which had been renumbered as the 7th district,[16] in hopes of facing freshman Democrat Ami Bera, who unseated Dan Lungren in 2012.[17] 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 faced Ose in the general election.[18] The Rothenberg Political Report rated the contest as a "Pure Toss-up";[19] and even eight days after the November 4 election, the race was still undecided, with Bera leading Ose by just 711 votes at the time with 19,000 ballots yet to be counted.[20] Ultimately, Ose lost the race to Bera by 0.8%.

2018 California gubernatorial race[edit]

Ose hinted in 2017 that he was considering running for Governor of California in the 2018 election, telling the Los Angeles Times that he was "gravely concerned" about the state's future, elaborating "there's no other way to describe it – we've gone backwards. I don't care whether you're talking about housing or quality of jobs that are available or road maintenance or the homeless question. There's nobody in office today that's doing anything about it."[21] He announced he would run in January 2018.[22] In February, however, Ose determined this was not the right time. While discussing his decision to not pursue the office at that time, Ose told Fox Business' Stuart Varney: "Cost of housing is out of control, K-12's failing, homeless everywhere, traffic gridlock, no jobs, it's just like...go down the checklist and they're 0 for life."[23] Ose then formed Rebuild California Foundation, a 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Educational Organization, to research and propose solutions for the top issues affecting the lives of everyday Californians.[24]

2021 California gubernatorial recall race[edit]

Campaign logo

On March 16, 2021, Ose announced his intention to run for Governor of California in the recall election of Gavin Newsom.[25] However, on August 17, 2021, Ose announced he was dropping out of the race after suffering a heart attack.[2] Despite having withdrawn from the race, he received 0.4% of the replacement candidate vote.

Other notable work[edit]

Since his departure from Congress, Ose has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the Republican Main Street Partnership, a more traditional conservative movement of Members of Congress. The 501(c)(4) is tied to more than 60 current Members of Congress.[26]

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.[10]

In 2011, when budget constraints forced the closure of Gibson Ranch Park in Rio Linda, Ose applied to run the facility as its private operator. Since Ose began managing the park in April 2011, the regional park was open daily and welcomed about 250,000 visitors.[27] The park, as of December 1, 2019, is now being managed by the Sacramento County Department of Regional Parks.[28]

Along with then-Senator Barbara Boxer, Ose had a cameo appearance in the 2002 Gilmore Girls episode "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days".[29]


  1. ^ a b "Ose, Doug Biographical Info". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Former Rep. Doug Ose drops out of recall race after heart attack". Los Angeles Times. August 17, 2021. Retrieved August 17, 2021.
  3. ^ "Doug Ose's Biography". Vote Smart. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  4. ^ Cadelago, Christopher. "Ad Watch: Ose was a 'hero,' but many others were, too". Archived from the original on April 16, 2014. Retrieved May 28, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Dan Lungren (March 5, 2008). "Guest View: Why I support Doug Ose for Congress". Tahoe Daily Tribune. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  6. ^ Weston, Mary (February 22, 2008). "Doug Ose campaigning in 4th Congressional district". Oroville Mercury-Register. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  7. ^ Ose, Doug (January 15, 2004). "H.R.3687 - 108th Congress (2003-2004): To amend section 1464 of title 18, United States Code, to provide for the punishment of certain profane broadcasts, and for other purposes". Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  8. ^ "Panel ends probe with criticism of Clintons". Chicago Tribune. February 13, 2002. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  9. ^ Juliet Eilperin (October 26, 2004). "House GOP Backs Easing Laws for Border Fence". The Washington Post. p. A03. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  10. ^ a b "Doug Ose argues his record is reason to return him to Congress". The Sacramento Bee. March 31, 2014. Archived from the original on April 15, 2014. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  11. ^ Joseph, Cameron (March 7, 2013). "Ex-Rep. Ose mulling comeback bid against Rep. Bera". The Hill. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  12. ^ "Endorsement: Rep. Ami Bera and Doug Ose warrant top-two primary spots for Congressional District 7". The Sacramento Bee. May 6, 2014. Archived from the original on July 27, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  13. ^ a b "Election Results". Associated Press. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  14. ^ Ortiz, Jon (July 15, 2013). "he Buzz: Conservatives ask Republican Doug Ose not to challenge Democrat Ami Bera". Merced Sun-Star. Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  15. ^ "Our Campaigns - CA District 04 - R Primary Race - Jun 03, 2008".
  16. ^ "Republican Doug Ose to challenge Democrat Ami Bera for California House seat". The Sacramento Bee. September 4, 2013. Archived from the original on April 24, 2014. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  17. ^ Laurel Rosenhall (November 15, 2012). "Ami Bera ousts Rep. Dan Lungren in congressional race". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  18. ^ Christopher Cadelago (June 3, 2014). "Bera, Ose headed for a fight over 7th congressional district". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  19. ^ "House Ratings". Rothenberg Political Report. October 17, 2014. Archived from the original on October 21, 2014. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
  20. ^ David Bienick (November 12, 2014). "Bera takes lead in race for 7th congressional district". Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  21. ^ Mehta, Seema. "Former GOP Rep. Doug Ose considering run for governor of California". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  22. ^ Willon, Phil (January 5, 2018). "Former GOP Rep. Doug Ose announces he is running for California governor". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  23. ^ "Republican Doug Ose out of California race". Archived from the original on December 12, 2021.
  24. ^ "Together We Can Fix Our State". Rebuild California Foundation. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  25. ^ "Former GOP Rep. Doug Ose enters California recall election". AP NEWS. March 16, 2021. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  26. ^ "HOME". RMSP. Retrieved June 2, 2022.
  27. ^ Cadelago, Christopher (August 7, 2014). "Doug Ose's county park project a work in progress". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  28. ^ "New Management Announced for Gibson Ranch". SacCounty News. November 19, 2019. Retrieved August 17, 2021.
  29. ^ "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days". IMDb. Retrieved January 23, 2021.

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