“As a family insurance agent, I’ve had to fight insurance companies on behalf of my clients. And as a state legislator, I’ve had to fight the government bureaucracy on behalf of my constituents. As your Insurance Commissioner, I’ll fight to protect consumers while bringing competition and economic growth to California’s insurance marketplace.“
A fifth-generation Californian, Ted Gaines’ family came west 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 more difficult. But Ted still believes California is a land of opportunity and optimism.
For the past 30 years, Ted has run a family insurance business, working with individuals and small businesses as they try to navigate the complicated and often confusing insurance marketplace.
In 2010, Ted was elected to the California State Senate, where he serves as the chair of the Senate Republican Caucus, as well as vice chair of the Senate Insurance Committee. Prior to his election to the Senate, Ted served in the State Assembly, where he was a Member of the Rules Committee. He 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.
Ted is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College. He and his wife, Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, live in Northern California with their six children.