James Gallagher (California politician)

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James Gallagher
James Gallagher.jpg
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 3rd district
Assumed office
December 1, 2014
Preceded byDan Logue
Personal details
Born (1981-03-04) March 4, 1981 (age 40)
Yuba City, California
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Janna
Children5
ResidenceNicolaus, California
ProfessionLawyer/farmer

James Gallagher (born March 4, 1981) is a Republican American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly.

Background[edit]

Gallagher is the descendant of Irish immigrants who settled northern California in the early 1800s. His paternal grandfather, Robert Gallagher, served four years (1985–89) on the Sutter County Board of Supervisors.[1]


Education[edit]

After graduating from East Nicolaus High School, Gallagher earned a bachelor's degree in political science from UC Berkeley. [2] Gallagher earned a JD degree from UC Davis.[3]

Career[edit]

Gallagher's political career began he worked for state Assemblyman Doug LaMalfa as a fellow in a Fellowship Program.[2]

Since 2007, Gallagher has been practicing law.[2][4] He is also a rice farmer[5] who is a partner in his family's fifth generation rice and walnut farming operation.[6] In 2008, Gallagher was elected to the Sutter County Board of Supervisors, where he served until his election to the state Assembly.

On November 4, 2014, Gallagher won the election and succeeded fellow Republican Dan Logue, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress that year. Gallagher is a Republican representing the California's 3rd State Assembly district, encompassing western parts of the Sacramento Valley.[3][7] In 2017, Gallagher became the Republican Caucus Chairman of the California General Assembly.[3]

2014 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 3rd State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican James Gallagher 34,744 44.4
Democratic Jim Reed 26,557 34.0
Republican Ryan Schohr 16,906 21.6
Total votes 78,207 100.0
General election
Republican James Gallagher 69,552 63.1
Democratic Jim Reed 40,736 36.9
Total votes 104,288 100.0
Republican hold

2016 California State Assembly candidacy[edit]

California's 3rd State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican James Gallagher (incumbent) 66,686 61.0
Democratic Edward Ritchie 42,700 39.0
Democratic Bryce Corron (write-in) 12 0.0
Total votes 109,398 100.0
General election
Republican James Gallagher (incumbent) 108,910 63.0
Democratic Edward Ritchie 63,867 37.0
Total votes 172,777 100.0
Republican hold

2018 California State Assembly candidacy[edit]

California's 3rd State Assembly district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican James Gallagher (incumbent) 64,975 65.0
Democratic Sonia Aery 34,941 35.0
Total votes 99,916 100.0
General election
Republican James Gallagher (incumbent) 95,786 60.2
Democratic Sonia Aery 63,445 39.8
Total votes 159,231 100.0
Republican hold

2020 California State Assembly candidacy[edit]

California's 3rd State Assembly district election, 2020
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican James Gallagher (incumbent) 66,378 65.5%
Democratic James R. Henson 35,002 34.5%
Total votes

Personal life[edit]

Gallagher's wife is Janna, they met in kindergarten while attending Browns School in Rio Oso, CA. They have five children.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bio". February 19, 2012. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "James Gallagher". ricelawyers.net. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "James Gallagher". votesmart.org. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  4. ^ "James Gallagher". sacvalleylaw.com. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  5. ^ Fenn, Kelsey (October 5, 2020). "A Deep Divide on COVID, and Masks, in Farm Country". Civil Eats. Retrieved February 27, 2021.
  6. ^ "Sutter supervisor enters 3rd Assembly race". www.redding.com. Retrieved February 27, 2021.
  7. ^ "James Gallagher". ballotpedia.org. Retrieved January 24, 2019.

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