Ted Gaines

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Ted Gaines
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Member of the
California State Board of Equalization
from the 1st district
Assumed office
January 7, 2019
Preceded byGeorge Runner
Member of the California Senate
from the 1st district
In office
January 6, 2011 – January 7, 2019
Preceded byDave Cox
Succeeded byBrian Dahle
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 4th district
In office
December 4, 2006 – January 6, 2011
Preceded byTim Leslie
Succeeded byBeth Gaines
Personal details
Edward Moore Gaines

(1958-04-25) April 25, 1958 (age 63)
Roseville, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Beth Gaines
ResidenceEl Dorado Hills, California, U.S.
Alma materLewis & Clark College
OccupationInsurance company owner

Edward Moore Gaines (born April 25, 1958) is an American politician from California, currently a member of the California Board of Equalization for the 1st district. He previously served as a California State Senator, representing the 1st Senate district from 2011 to 2019.

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, who represented the 4th Assembly district; a district centered around the Placer County suburbs 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.

Early political career[edit]

In 1997, Gaines was appointed to the Roseville Planning Commission, where he served for two years.[2] In 2000, he was elected to the Placer County Board of Supervisors. He was reelected to a second term in 2004.[3]

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.

2014 Insurance Commissioner election[edit]

Gaines ran for California Insurance Commissioner in 2014 against Democratic incumbent Dave Jones.[4] They both advanced to the general election, which Jones won by 4,038,165 votes (57.5%) to 2,981,951 (42.5%).

2018 Board of Equalization election[edit]

Gaines ran for District 1 of the California Board of Equalization in November 2018 and narrowly won with 52% of the votes.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Gaines and his wife, Beth, who has also served in politics, currently live in El Dorado Hills with their six children.[6]


  1. ^ Ted Gaines for Assembly Homepage. http://www.tedgaines.com/about/
  2. ^ Ballotpedia
  3. ^ Tedgaines.com
  4. ^ Christopher Cadelago (October 3, 2013). "Ted Gaines announces insurance commissioner run". The Sacramento Bee. Archived from the original on March 16, 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Board of Equalization Results of All Districts, California Secretary of State
  6. ^ "Senator Ted Gaines Biography". Senator Ted Gaines. California State Senate Republican Caucus. Retrieved 26 June 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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