Ted Gaines

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Incumbent


Ted Gaines graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a BA in Business Administration [4]. Gaines has represented District 1 on the CA Board of Equalization since 2019. He served in the CA State Assembly from 2006-2011 and the State Senate from 2011-2019. As a State Senator, he was a member of the committees on Insurance, Government Organization, Transportation and Housing, and Emergency Management. Gaines was appointed to the Roseville Planning Commission in 1997 and was elected to the Placer County Board of Supervisors in 2000 [1]. He currently owns Gaines Insurance Agency and previously owned Point West Insurance of Sacramento [3]. Gaines and his wife currently live in El Dorado County [4]. They have 6 children and 7 grandchildren [1].

Key Issues



Gaines wants to limit government, and supports tax decreases and fewer regulations. As a State Senator, he opposed the Fire Prevention Fee for unincorporated areas in CA [4]. He also supports eliminating the Vehicle License Fee and reducing gas taxes [5].


Gaines supports the establishment of a rainy-day fund and pension reforms to shrink the state’s unfunded liabilities [4]. He wants to refund part of the surplus CA budget back to taxpayers [8].


Gaines does not support vaccine mandates for students and employees, allowing children ages 12+ to consent to vaccination without parent approval, or laws preventing doctors from spreading covid misinformation [10].


Gaines does not support transitioning to zero-carbon power sources and electric vehicles. He wants to increase the use of nuclear power and natural gas, and stop the closure of Diablo Canyon nuclear plant [9].

Reproductive Rights

Gaines does not support access to reproductive healthcare such as abortion and contraception. While in the State Senate, he voted against requiring health insurance to cover maternity services and against requiring comprehensive sex education for students [11].


Gaines opposes same-sex marriage. As an Assembly-member and State Senator, he voted against banning conversion therapy, prohibiting discrimination against trans individuals, and allowing students to use school facilities that correspond to their gender identity [11].


As a State Senator, Gaines voted against increasing protections for domestic and agricultural workers, increasing the minimum wage, and providing paid family leave. He voted for a law requiring externally peer reviewed economic impacts analysis for major proposed regulations [11]. 

Gun Policy

As a State Senator Gaines voted against background checks for ammunition purchasers, increasing the purchasing age for firearms, and requiring gun safety training for concealed carry applicants [11].


As a State Senator, Gaines voted against establishing regulations for home loans and foreclosures. As an Assembly-member he voted in favor of mobile home rent control [11].


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10 The Union: COVID-T variant
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