Edward M. Gaines
Edward T. Gaines
Born: April 25, 1958 in Sacramento, CA
Married: Beth Burkhard (m. 1985)
Children: Katelyn and Haley, Amy, Caroline, Teddy, Kelly
1997-1999: Member, Roseville Planning Commission
1999: Vice Chairman, Placer County Republican Central Committee
2000-2006: Member, Placer County Board of Supervisors
2008: Early Primary Candidate for CD-04 (Withdrew)
2008: Opponent, Proposition 2 [Children's Hospital Bond] (Passed; 63.2%)
2011: Resigned from the State Assembly on January 6.
2011: Proponent, Initiative 1493 [Referendum to Overturn Law Requiring State to Establish Fire Prevention Fee.] (Failed to Qualify)
2016: Candidate for Presidential Elector for California (Lost)
2019: Resigned from the State Senate on January 7.
- NOTABLE HISTORY: In the 2008 General Election, Gaines was elected with 166,736 votes, which set the record for the highest number of votes received by a State Assemblymember until Tony Thurmond received 189,530 votes in 2016.
- Be Fruitful and Multiply: Gaines has six children.
- On the ballot twice: Because he was a candidate for reelection to AD-04 and a special election candidate for State Senate in SD-01, Gaines appeared twice on the November 2010 ballot. In this election, he was reelected to the Assembly, but the Senate Special Election moved to a January run-off.
- FULL HOUSE DROUGHT: The longest period without a floor session that all members attended (all 80 Assemblymembers and all 40 Senators) was 7 years and 11 months between July 10, 2007 and June 1, 2015. Gaines was the presiding officer of the Senate on the day that the drought ended.
Source: California Legislature Handbook (2007-08)