Gaines, Ted

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
Board of Equalization
Political Affiliation:
(916) 773-8000
Board of Equalization Member, Small Business Owner
B.A. from Lewis and Clark College
Biographical Info:
A fifth-generation Californian, Ted Gaines’ family came out west to California during the Gold Rush, leaving everything behind for the promise of a new land full of hope and possibility. Today, wasteful spending, high taxes and burdensome regulations have made job creation and economic growth in our state more difficult than ever. As a small business owner who has operated a successful family insurance business for more than 30 years, Ted knows firsthand the effects of overbearing government regulation. That's why he has worked to simplify government and has been a tireless advocate for California’s taxpayers, ratepayers, businesses and families. Elected in November 2018, Ted Gaines represents the Board of Equalization's First District. He is a leading taxpayer advocate and committed to providing trustworthy and transparent representation for the nearly ten million constituents in 34 counties of northern and eastern California. He is the highest ranked Republican elected official in the state. Prior to his election to the Board, Ted served 12 years in the State Legislature as a Senator from 2011 to 2018, and as an Assembly Member from 2006 to 2011. During his time as a legislator, Ted fought against California's one-size-fits-all environmental regulations and fees that unfairly targeted his taxpaying constituents and business owners. Specifically, he led the fight against the so-called “fire tax,” which illegally assessed rural and suburban homeowners in his District. He also fought to protect the privacy rights of citizens and led major efforts to bring thousands of new jobs to our state, as well as being a strong and consistent voice for lower taxes and limited government. Ted supported fiscally responsible plans to promote infrastructure growth, establish a rainy-day fund to help the state manage its volatile budgets and key pension reforms to help the state shrink its unfunded liabilities. Ted began his public service in local government as a member of the City of Roseville's Planning Commission from 1997 to 1999. He was then elected to the Placer County Board of Supervisors in 2000 and re-elected in 2004. His range of experience from local government to the state legislature has made him a thoughtful, reasoned voice and a valued Member of the Board of Equalization. Ted takes his role as a public servant seriously, and prides himself in providing first-class, accessible constituent service to the people. Ted continues his career-long work as a taxpayer champion, defending Prop. 13 and ensuring that taxpayers receive fair treatment and due process protections during COVID shutdowns. Ted is an avid skier, bicyclist, runner and hiker who takes every opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the Board of Equalization's First District. He is a long-time, active member of Bayside Church in addition to numerous other community, philanthropic and professional service activities. Ted is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College. He and his wife, former Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, live in El Dorado County and are blessed with six children and seven grandchildren (with more on the way!).
I want everyone in this state to be able to prosper but the Democrat-led Legislature is making it impossible. Bad law after bad law is driving the cost of living up beyond belief. Working families are bailing out of state as fast as they can rent a U-Haul. But we can turn things around. We need a government that promotes abundance and affordability, not scarcity and high prices. That means more housing, more electricity, more gasoline, so that families and businesses here don't bankrupt themselves paying for the basics. Taxes are another area where Californians are punished by their government. We have the highest state sales tax, income tax, and gas taxes in the country. Government is sitting on a historic budget surplus while families can't buy groceries. I will fight for working families and make it easier financially to live in California. I will also hold criminals accountable so they don't keep victimizing people and businesses. We have let loose a crime wave through misguided policies. The wild videos of emboldened criminals committing robberies and assaults in broad daylight show that they don't respect our criminal justice system. That needs to change so we have safe businesses, neighborhoods and schools. Schools should respect parental input and parents should be in charge of their children's medical decisions. The state does not own our children and I will always support parents. This state is worth fighting for. I am 5th-generation Californian and all of my kids and grandkids live here. I want to build a state where they can all find the happiness and success that so many of us enjoyed in our state's unrivaled past.


Response Legend

  • YYes
  • NNo
  • Declined to Respond/Undecided, Position Unknown/Unclear
  • *Comment
  • Declined to respond, Position based on citation

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Should California amend its Constitution to remove current limitations and codify abortion until birth as a constitutional right? (e.g., Prop 1, 2022) N* I am pro-life.
2. Should California require medical providers to undergo “cultural competency courses” on racial politics and sexual and gender identity to have their license renewed by the state? (e.g., AB 2194, 2022) N
3. Should California adult citizens be required to pass a background check before buying ammunition? N* I am a strong defender of the 2nd Amendment and a lifetime member of the NRA.
4. Should California require high school students to take an Ethnic Studies course that teaches Critical Race Theory before graduating? N* Schools should stick to the basics and listen to parents.
5. Should California women’s prisons be required to admit biological males who self-identify as female? N
6. Would you (or did you) support requiring all insurance plans to provide elective surgical abortions for free, with no deductibles or copays copays? (e.g., SB 245, 2022) N
7. Should minors age 15 or older be allowed to consent to vaccines without parental permission? (e.g., SB 866, 2022) N
8. Would you (or did you) support the legalization of loitering for prostitution? (e.g., SB 357, 2022) N
9. Would you (or did you) support the establishment of government-sponsored drug injection centers? (e.g., SB 57, 2022) N
10. Would you (or did you) support legislation prohibiting employers from making hiring decisions based on an employee’s use of cannabis away from the workplace or traces of non-psychoactive cannabis found during drug testing? (e.g., AB 2188, 2022) N
11. Should California taxpayers fund transgender treatments for minors, including puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and sex-change operations? (e.g., AB 2218, 2020; AB 2521, 2022) N
12. Should California require Peace Officers to undergo a “bias evaluation” that includes sexual orientation and gender identity? (e.g., AB 2229, 2022) N