Scott Baugh

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Scott Baugh
Chairman of the Orange County Republican Party
In office
Preceded byTom Fuentes
Succeeded byFred Whitaker
California State Assembly Republican Leader
In office
April 6, 1999 – November 9, 2000
Preceded byRod Pacheco
Succeeded byBill Campbell
Member of the California Assembly
from the 67th district
In office
November 29, 1995 – November 30, 2000
Preceded byDoris Allen
Succeeded byTom Harman
Personal details
Scott Randall Baugh

(1962-07-04) July 4, 1962 (age 57)
Redding, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceHuntington Beach, California
Alma materLiberty University
University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
WebsiteCampaign Website

Scott Randall Baugh (born July 4, 1962) is a Republican U.S. politician who served in the California State Assembly from 1995 to 2000, representing the 67th District in coastal Orange County, which included Huntington Beach, Cypress, Fountain Valley, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Westminster, Rossmoor, Sunset Beach, Surfside, and Midway City. In March 2018, Baugh entered the race for California's 48th congressional district for the 2018 midterm elections held by Dana Rohrabacher. Rohrabacher won the Republican nomination, and went on to lose the general election to Democrat Harley Rouda.

Early life[edit]

In 1962, Baugh was born in Redding, California. Baugh's parents are Helen and Cason Baugh. Baugh has four brothers.[1]


In 1984, Baugh earned his Bachelor of Science in business administration from Liberty University, graduating summa cum laude. In 1987, Baugh earned his Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he finished fifth in a class of 200.


Baugh became an attorney in Huntington Beach, California.

1995 Election[edit]

The state GOP considered Assembly Speaker Doris Allen (R) unsuitable because of her alliances with Democrats. She was recalled in a Republican effort to open her seat to election. With her defeat, Curt Pringle was named Assembly Speaker and Baugh ran as the Republican nominee for Allen's seat.

In order to hinder the popular Democratic challenger for Allen's seat, Linda Moulton-Patterson, the GOP recruited and supported relatively unknown Democrat Laurie Campbell (a longtime friend of Baugh's), thus splitting her party’s vote in the election and allowing Baugh to win.

US Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) acknowledged that his campaign manager Rhonda Carmony had the main role in fostering Campbell's candidacy, while he himself was found guilty of having improper finance records and was fined. Named in court documents as the key instigator, Carmony was indicted on three felony charges for conspiracy and fraudulently filing Campbell's campaign ballot petitions.

Baugh’s chief of staff Maureen Werft, staff member Richard Martin and aide Jeffrey Christopher Gibson (who had also managed Allen's recall election) aided Campbell's campaign with support, filing and creating petitions.

Current Assembly Speaker Curt Pringle’s deputy chief of staff Jeff Flint and his aide Mark Richard Denny, admitted that he also illegally circulated nominating petitions for Campbell.

Carmony, Werft, Martin, Gibson, Denny and Flint all pleaded guilty to falsification of documents and other charges. Rohrabacher was fined and Flint was not charged in the matter. Charges against Baugh were eventually dropped.[2][3][4][5]

In November 1995, Baugh was elected to the Assembly and served as the Republican Leader from 1999 until 2000 when term limits forced him out of the Assembly.


On April 19, 2004, Baugh was elected Chairman of the Republican Party of Orange County. He replaced Tom Fuentes.[6] In January 2015, Baugh stepped down as Party Chair and was replaced by Fred Whitaker.[7]

In March 2007, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, seeking the GOP nomination for president in 2008, announced that Baugh would serve as a member of his California statewide finance committee.

Personal life[edit]

Baugh's wife is Wendy. They have a son, Jackson. Baugh lives in Huntington Beach, California.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Scott Baugh's Biography". Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  2. ^ Warren, Peter M.; Pasco, Jean O. (September 24, 1997). "Decoy Plan No Secret, Aide Testifies". LA Times. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  3. ^ Warren, Peter M. (March 14, 1996). "3rd GOP Worker Guilty in O.C. Election Scheme". LA Times. Retrieved April 10, 2017. Courts: Like other two, ex-Pringle staffer Denny names Rohrabacher deputy Carmony as key ballot fraud figure
  4. ^ Hernandez, Greg (December 14, 1996). "Baugh's Aide Pleads Guilty on Illegal Vote: Elections: Maureen Werft put on probation, fined $2,700, ordered to do 100 hours of community service". LA Times. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  5. ^ Warren, Peter M. (March 23, 1996). "O.C. Grand Jury Indicts Baugh: Campaign Fraud Indictments". LA Times. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  6. ^ Staff writer (March 14, 2004). "O.C.'s Republican Chairman Steps Down". LA Times. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  7. ^ Wisckol, Martin (January 20, 2015). "Previously behind the scenes, Fred Whitaker tapped as new Orange County GOP leader". Orange County Register. Retrieved March 8, 2018.

External links[edit]

California Assembly
Preceded by
Doris Allen
California State Assemblyman
67th District
November 29, 1995–November 30, 2000
Succeeded by
Tom Harman
Party political offices
Preceded by
Rod Pacheco
California State Assembly Republican Leader
April 6, 1999–November 9, 2000
Succeeded by
Bill Campbell
Preceded by
Tom Fuentes
Chairman of the Republican Party of Orange County
Succeeded by
Fred Whitaker