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Ted Gaines


Picture of Ted Gaines
CA State Assembly
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-07-2006 Republican AD-04 96958 Win
11-04-2008 Republican AD-04 166736 Win
11-02-2010 Republican AD-04 109672 Win
01-04-2011 Republican SD-01 91083 Win
11-06-2012 Republican SD-01 263256 Win
11-04-2014 Republican Insurance Commissioner 2981951 Loss
11-08-2016 Republican SD-01 287314 Win
11-06-2018 Republican SBOE1 1436547 Win
09-14-2021 Republican Governor 47937 Loss
11-08-2022 Republican SBOE1 1390529 Win

Candidate Biography:

Edward Moore Gaines
Born: April 25, 1958 in Sacramento, CA
Married: Beth Burkhard (m. 1985)
Children: Katelyn and Haley (twins), Amy, Caroline, Edward S. "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 Donald Trump (Lost)
2019: Resigned from the State Senate on January 7.
2020: Candidate for Presidential Elector for Donald Trump (Lost)

  • 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.
  • NATURAL DISASTER (WILDFIRE): The deadliest wildfire in California history (the Camp Fire in November 2018) occured within the districts represented by State Senator Ted Gaines and the Assemblyman Brian Dahle.

Source: California Legislature Handbook (2007-08)