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James Gallagher


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Date Party Office Votes Result
11-04-2014 Republican AD-03 69552 Win
11-08-2016 Republican AD-03 108910 Win
11-06-2018 Republican AD-03 95786 Win
11-03-2020 Republican AD-03 130163 Win
11-08-2022 Republican AD-03 98475 Win
11-05-2024 Republican AD-03 0

Candidate Biography:

Born: March 4, 1981 in Yuba City, CA
Married: Janna Nicole Gallagher (m. 2003)
Children: Kathleen, Katharine, Kellen, Ronan and Coner (twins)
Family: Grandson of Robert Gallagher, Sutter County Supervisor (1985-1988)

2004-2005: Assembly Fellow, Assemblyman Doug La Malfa
2009-2014: Member, Sutter County Board of Supervisors
2012: Alternate Delegate, Republican National Convention
2022-Present: Minority Leader, California State Assembly

  • Bilingual: On September 3, 2015, Gallagher presented SB 210 (2015) on the Assembly Floor in American Sign Language (ASL).
  • LAWSUIT: Gallagher and Kevin Kiley were plaintiffs in the "Gallagher and Kiley v. Newsom" lawsuit to overturn Executive Order N-67-20 relating to the 2020 General Election as well as the larger issue of the extent to which the California Emergency Services Act permits the Governor to exercise "legislative powers" in setting state policies in emergencies. On November 13, 2020, the Sutter County Superior Court found that the the Emergency Services Act did not permit Newsom to amend or create statutes. On May 7, 2021, the Third Appellate District, which overturned the Superior Court decision. On August 11, 2021, the California Supreme Court declined to hear the case.
  • NOTABLE NO VOTE (Legislative Staff Collective Bargaining): Gallagher was one of 5 State Assemblymembers (and 8 legislators overall) who voted against AB 1 (2023) by Tina McKinnor, which allowed California legislative staff for form unions for collective bargaining.
  • NATURAL DISASTER (LARGEST WILDFIRE): The largest and third-largest wildfires in California history (the August Complex fire in 2020 and the Mendocino Complex fire in 2018) occured primarily within State Senate districts represented by Mike McGuire and Jim Nielsen and and Assembly Districts Jim WoodJames Gallagher, and Cecilia M. Aguiar-Curry.

Source: California Assembly Handbook (2015)