Travis Allen

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Travis Allen
Travis Allen.jpg
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 72nd district
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Preceded by Jim Silva (redistricted)
Personal details
Born (1973-09-14) September 14, 1973 (age 45)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Arielle Bailey
Residence Huntington Beach, California
Alma mater California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Long Beach (B.A.)
Website 2018 gubernatorial campaign website

Travis Ethan Allen (born September 14, 1973) is an American politician serving as a Republican member of the California State Assembly from Huntington Beach. He was first elected in November 2012 to represent the California's 72nd State Assembly district, which includes the cities of Fountain Valley, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Westminster, most of Garden Grove, portions of Huntington Beach portions of Santa Ana and the unincorporated communities of Midway and Rossmoor.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Travis Allen was born in San Diego, California, and was raised in Chula Vista, California. He is an avid short board surfer, and he participated with 65 other people in a world-record setting ride for the most number of riders on a single surf board.[2][3] He is married. His wife's name is Arielle Allen (nee Bailey), and they have two daughters.[4]

Business career[edit]

Travis Allen is a Certified Financial Planner and has managed client investment accounts since 1996.[5] He has owned a financial advisory and wealth management practice, the Wealth Strategies Group, since 2001.[6]

2012 Assembly race[edit]

In 2012, Allen began his political career by running for California State Assembly's 72nd district. The seat was open due to term limits. He finished second in the June primary with 19.9% of the vote, trailing establishment Republican frontrunner Los Alamitos City Councilman Troy Edgar, who won 28% of the vote.[7] In the general election Allen surpassed Edgar by an 11.4% margin.[8] Under recently passed Proposition 14 this was the first California election to take place under a nonpartisan blanket primary, in which the top two candidates advanced to the general election, regardless of party preference.[9]

Political positions[edit]

California SB 1 gas tax[edit]

Allen sponsored a proposed 2018 ballot initiative to repeal Senate Bill 1, legislation enacted by the Democratic-controlled legislature which increased the state gas tax by 12 cents a gallon and the diesel tax by 20 cents.[10]

According to PolitiFact, some of Allen's statements about the gas tax have been incorrect and problematic,[11] which he disputes.[12]

California SB 54 sanctuary state[edit]

Allen voted no on Senate Bill 54 (2017) when it came to the California State Assembly for a floor vote on September 15, 2017.[13] He has vocally opposed the "Sanctuary State" bill speaking out against it publicly for the first time on February 1, 2017 on the John and Ken show on KFI AM 640.[14] SB 54 passed the Senate and Assembly and was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on October 5, 2017 with an effective date of January 1, 2018.[15]

Allen continued his opposition to SB 54 and, as he called it, the "illegal sanctuary state" on January 2, 2018 when he appeared on the Fox News show, Tucker Carlson Tonight where he invited President Donald Trump and United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions to sue Sacramento over the new "Sanctuary State" law.[16] He would appear several more times on Fox News and other networks repeating this invitation throughout 2018.[17][18]

Allen made this a cornerstone of his failed 2018 campaign for California Governor, vowing "to reverse the illegal sanctuary state in [his] first 100 days in office."[19]

Allen has made incorrect statements about the details of the bill and about support for it.[20]

Voter ID in California[edit]

Allen is a supporter of Voter ID laws in the United States, specifically in California, and has made this a part of his platform for his race for governor in California.[21]

He has stated publicly and via his social media accounts, that there is voter fraud in California. A statement which never had any evidence for and which has been proven incorrect.[22][23][24] He made up inaccurate numbers for the amount of registered voters in California.[25]

Death penalty[edit]

Allen supports the use of the death penalty when it is "absolutely necessary in cases where heinous crimes have been committed." He is the only major gubernatorial candidate in California to support the death penalty.[26] He is also critical of the high yearly cost associated with preserving the lives of over 700[27] people who are on death row in California prisons.[28]

Healthcare[edit]

Healthcare legislation[edit]

Allen opposes the proposed Medicare expansion and mandatory vaccinations for children under SB 277.[29] He has stated opposition to single-payer healthcare noting its high cost[30] and crippling effect on the state budget. Allen's solution includes introducing competition into the California healthcare market, “The solution is to open our markets to companies across the United States to compete for Californians’ business.” He also noted the need to increase the allowances on Health Savings Accounts.[31]

Abortion legislation[edit]

Allen has described himself as pro-life.[32] He received a 0% score from Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California in 2013,[33] 2015,[34] and 2017.[35]

In 2014 Allen received a 55% score from Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California.[36] On this scorecard he was ranked positively for his support of AB 1755[37] (which mandated a 15 day limit to notify the Department of Public Health of a breach of patient data), AB 1841[38] (which expanded the definition of “technical supportive services” who are allowed to handle medication), AB 2051[39] (which streamlined the Medi-Cal enrollment process), and SB857[40] (an omnibus health bill). His opposition to SB 1053[41] and SB 1094.[42]

In 2016 Allen received a 67% score from Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. He was scored positively for voting yes on AB 1561,[43] a bill which proposed to "exempt from those taxes the gross receipts from the sale in this state of, and the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of, tampons, sanitary napkins, menstrual sponges, and menstrual cups";[44] and SB 999,[45] a bill intended to require that health insurance companies "cover up to a 12-month supply of FDA-approved, self-administered hormonal contraceptives".[46]

Taxes[edit]

He has earned 100% ratings from the California Taxpayers Association, the National Federation of Independent Business and the California Manufacturers and Technology Association.[47]

Allen's support for lower taxes and opposition to tax increases has earned him A+ ratings from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.[48]

Firearm legislation[edit]

In 2015, the Firearms Policy Coalition gave Allen an A rating in recognition of his support for Second Amendment rights.[49] In 2016 Allen received a 93% score from the National Rifle Association[50] and an A from the Gun Owners of California (a branch of Gun Owners of America).[51] In 2018, the Gun Owners of California again awarded Allen an A.[52]

Allen authored a bill which would have changed California into a shall issue CCW state.[53]

Environment[edit]

Allen has called global warming and sea-level rise "unsettled," “absolute nonsense,” and “bogus science".[54] He states, "These policy prescriptions of the Democrats of more regulation and higher taxes that they try to justify with tenuous climate change "science" are not benefitting Californians, nor are they benefitting [sic] the environment."[19]

Legislative scorecards[edit]

Allen has a mixed record when it comes to ratings from environmental organizations.

The California Park & Recreation Society rated Allen at 50% when they released their 2015-2016 Legislative Scorecard. He was right in line with the average of 50% for all Assembly Republicans.[55]

In 2017 Allen was rated 25% by the Sierra Club of California. They rated Assembly members based on their votes on bills like AB 378, AB 1414, SB 31, and SB 801 to name a few.[56]

In 2017 Allen was rated 25% by the California Environmental Justice Alliance. They rated Assembly members based on their votes on bills like ACA 1, AB 398, SB 5, and SB 54, the "sanctuary state" bill.[57]

In 2017 the California League of Conservation Voters scored Allen at 6% for his voting record on similar bills. His only vote aligned with this organization's goals was for SB 258 - Cleaning Products Ingredient Disclosure.[58]

California Environmental Quality Act[edit]

Allen has stated that he opposes the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) of 1970 because it "strangles new housing development".[59]

Education[edit]

Allen has stated that he opposes full-day kindergarten, because he believes that children are being indoctrinated by "liberal curriculum".[60][61]

Allen also wants to get rid of the statewide mandated common core and allow the local districts to set their own curricula.[19]

Position on Israel[edit]

In 2016, Allen introduced legislation in opposition to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign - AB 1552: a bill that would prohibit state government entities from doing business with companies that officially join the BDS campaign, and AB 1551, another bill that would forbid state government entities from investing in companies engaged in political actions to damage or limit commerce with Israel and Israeli companies.[62]

2018 gubernatorial candidacy[edit]

Background[edit]

Allen unsuccessfully ran for Governor of California in the 2018 election. He announced his candidacy in June 2017.[63][64] Incumbent Jerry Brown was unable to run at the end of his term due to term limits.

Allen came in fifth place in California's open primary where the top two candidates get on the ballot in the November election. He had 440,409 votes, or 9.2% of the overall vote, trailing the leading candidate Democrat Gavin Newsom by over one million votes and trailing Republican rival John Cox by 800,000 votes.[65]

Campaign[edit]

Allen at a February 2018 campaign rally

Allen ran on a campaign based on populist, conservative, anti-establishment themes, much like President Donald Trump used in his 2016 Presidential campaign, and he is considered to be California's "Trump".[66] He has used the slogans "Take Back California" and "Make California Great Again" for his campaign.[67]

Allen is considered by many to be a controversial[68][69][70] politician and candidate for California governor due to his far-right populist politics, for being an outspoken proponent of Donald Trump,[6] for a sexual harassment allegation made against Allen by a former coworker (in which he was given a verbal warning but not disciplined for) in 2013,[71] for defending Donald Trump's alleged sexual affairs,[24] and for making many false public statements.[72]

He has stated that he was running on a platform of spurring job creation and business growth by cutting California's high[73] tax rate; using existing tax revenues to fix the state's deteriorating freeway and road infrastructure,[74] opposing California's gas tax, and preventing future water shortages by increasing water storage capacity and completing the landmark California Water Project.[75][76] He proposed redacting recently implemented laws (AB 109, Proposition 47, and Proposition 57). He states they are responsible for an uptick in violent crime rates in California.[77] However, there has not been an uptick in violent crime, and in fact it has been decreasing.[78] The nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California found crime to be at a historic low.[78]

Allen used his efforts to repeal the SB 1 gas tax increase and his opposition to illegal immigration as key stances in his campaign.[6] He also supports more "tough-on-crime" policing measures and additional water support for Central California Valley farmers.[79]

On May 1, 2018, Allen spoke at a California Republican primary forum in Atascadero, California. Allen delivered his opening speech, stating that he wants to undo recent voter-enacted criminal justice reforms[78][80] and promised to "get rid of the state-mandated Common Core [educational curriculum]."[81]

During his campaigning for California governor and subsequently, Allen has repeatedly made many false statements to the public and media. He has been criticized by pundits and fact-checking sites for these claims. He has made false claims on the Oroville Dam regarding water capturing measures he wants to implement if elected,[72] about high crime rates in California (which have in fact been declining),[78] and about the so-called "sanctuary laws" in California.[82] In 2018, Allen made the false claim that a new bill in California would "literally" "ban the sale of the Bible", a claim he has repeated despite having been fact-checked by several media outlets.[83][84][85][86][87] He has also made the false[88] claim multiple times that California legalized child prostitution.[89][90][91]

While campaigning he made the promise that if he gets elected governor that "every Californian will have a green lawn and take long showers."[92]

Allen was criticized for missing several days of work at the California State Assembly while he was out campaigning.[93]

After losing in the primary elections, Allen refused to endorse his Republican rival John Cox. He also said that he wants his supporters to "stand up and fight" to "take back California".[94] He started the Take Back California Political Action Committee in an apparent attempt to remain politically relevant.[95]

Campaign funding[edit]

In 2017 Allen raised $447,236 for his campaign, and had expenditures of $654,602 during that time according to an official campaign filing. More than fifty percent of the campaign's expenses were left unpaid, and it was left with $342,850 in unpaid bills.[96] In 2018 Allen continued his fundraising efforts and when campaign finance reports were released on May 24, 2018, his campaign was again operating in the green with more cash on hand than debt.[97]

In 2018 Aaron Park, a conservative blogger and consultant for rival gubernatorial candidate John Cox[98] filed a complaint against Allen for misusing campaign funds and violating California's Political Reform Act.[99] California's campaign watchdog agency responded by beginning an investigation of Allen.[99]

Polling[edit]

Allen consistently polled among the bottom half of gubernatorial candidates, often tied with or slightly below rival Republican John Cox. Allen ended up coming in fifth in the California primaries with 9.5% of the vote.

During his annual Commonwealth Club lecture on May 2, 2018, Willie Brown said Allen's candidacy represented the greatest threat to the Democratic front runner, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom.[100]

A California Republican Preference Poll released in May 2018 by The Western Journal showed Travis Allen with a big lead in race for Governor with likely Republican voters choosing Travis Allen 77% of the time over other candidates.[101]

A Berkely IGS Poll from April of 2018 showed Allen and his opponent, Cox, going head to head for 2nd place with the scores of 18% (Cox) and 16% (Allen) within the poll's margin of error of ±4% points.[102]

In May 2018, at the California Republican Party Convention in San Diego, John Cox received 55.3% of the delegates' votes while Allen received 40.5% of the delegates' votes. Neither candidate was able to reach the 60% threshold set by the California Republican Party for an official endorsement.[103] In a Berkeley IGS Poll from December of 2017, it showed Allen tied at 9 percent with Republican John Cox.[104]

Response to death of Stephon Clark[edit]

In response to the shooting of Stephon Clark, Allen stated, "To the best of my understanding it is very clear that this individual was breaking into cars... and ran from police."[105] Clark was unarmed and as of yet, it is unproven whether or not Clark broke into any cars or committed any crimes.[106]

Election results[edit]

2016 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 72nd State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Travis Allen (incumbent) 48,321 50.4
Democratic Lenore Albert-Sheridan 27,466 28.6
Democratic Nam Pham 20,158 21.0
Total votes 95,945 100.0
General election
Republican Travis Allen (incumbent) 98,335 58.0
Democratic Lenore Albert-Sheridan 71,332 42.0
Total votes 169,667 100.0
Republican hold

2014 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 72nd State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Travis Allen (incumbent) 36,677 65.5
Democratic Joel Block 11,556 20.6
Democratic Albert Ayala 7,733 13.8
Total votes 55,966 100.0
General election
Republican Travis Allen (incumbent) 66,150 65.5
Democratic Joel Block 34,793 34.5
Total votes 100,943 100.0
Republican hold

2012 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 72nd State Assembly district election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Troy Edgar 18,060 28
Republican Travis Allen 12,851 19.9
Democratic Joe Dovinh 12,432 19.3
Republican Long Pham 12,409 19.2
Democratic Albert Ayala 8,816 13.7
Total votes 64,568 100.0
General election
Republican Travis Allen 79,110 55.7
Republican Troy Edgar 62,983 44.3
Total votes 142,093 100.0
Republican hold

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