Edward M. 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)
- NOTABLE HISTORY: In the 2008 General Election, Gaines was elected with 166,736 votes, which was the record for the State Assemblymember to receive the highest number of votes 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)