Meet Ted

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.

As the State Senator for the 1st District, Ted has fought against California's one-size-fits-all environmental regulations and fees that unfairly target 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.

Ted Gaines on Construction Site

As a business owner, Ted knows how important it is to maintain fiscal responsibility. He supports fiscally responsible plans to promote infrastructure growth, establish a rainy-day fund to help the state manage its volatile budgets and key pension reforms that will help the state shrink its unfunded liabilities.

He has 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.

Before becoming a Senator, Ted served in the State Assembly from 2006 to 2011. 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. His range of experience from local government to the state legislature makes him a thoughtful, reasoned voice in the legislature.

Ted Gaines meeting with people at table

Senator Gaines is also one of the most accessible legislators in the state, regularly holding town halls, community coffees, and other public events throughout the 1st Senate District. Ted takes his role as a public servant seriously, and prides himself in providing first-class constituent service to the people of the 1st Senate District.

Ted is an avid skier, bicyclist, runner and hiker who takes every opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the 1st Senate District and the North State. 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, Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, live in El Dorado County and are blessed with six children.

Ted Gaines with his family