Ken Maddox

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Kenneth W. "Ken" Maddox (born February 29, 1964 in Long Beach, California), also known as Ken Lopez-Maddox since his marriage to Monica Lopez, is a former California State Assemblyman who served from 1998 until 2004, representing part of Orange County.

He received his bachelor of science degree from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona and is a member of the fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon. He has his master of arts degree in management from National University 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 and Army Reserve 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 is from Yuma, Arizona and are designated "Arizona Pioneers".

In 2018, he became a Democrat.[1]

Assembly career[edit]

He was elected to the Assembly in November 1998.[2]

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.

Post-Assembly career[edit]

2006 Senate Race[edit]

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[edit]

Maddox became Senior Advisor on Legislation and Tax Policy for State Board of Equalization Member Michelle Park Steel in 2007.

He later served as a Regional Outreach Services Manager.

In 2018 he ran for the board of Equalization, but came in 5th place in the primaries.

School Board[edit]

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. He served on the school board for two years.


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  2. ^ "Decision '98". Los Angeles Times. November 4, 1998. Retrieved April 11, 2011.

Succession Box[edit]

California Assembly
Preceded by
Curt Pringle
California State Assemblyman, 68th District
Succeeded by
Van Tran