|Member of the California State Board of Equalization|
from the 1st District
January 7, 2019
|Member of the California Senate|
from the 1st district
January 6, 2011 - January 7, 2019
|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 4th district
December 4, 2006 - January 6, 2011
Edward Moore Gaines
April 25, 1958
|Residence||El Dorado Hills, California|
|Alma mater||Lewis & Clark College|
|Occupation||Insurance company owner|
Edward Moore Gaines (born April 25, 1958) is an American politician from California, currently a member of the California Board of Equalization for the 1st district. He previously served as a California State Senator, representing the 1st Senate district from 2011 to 2019.
He won a January 4, 2011, special election to replace the late Dave Cox and took office two days later. Prior to his election to the Senate, Gaines was a California State Assemblyman, who represented the 4th Assembly district; a district centered around the Placer County suburbs east of Sacramento. Gaines succeeded longtime local politician Tim Leslie in the Assembly.
A Republican, Gaines is an opponent of what he describes as "big government social programs." Gaines, a local businessman, holds views on issues that can be generally classified as conservative, which puts him in line with the area's leanings (Placer County has not voted for a Democratic nominee for President since Jimmy Carter).
Gaines is the owner of Gaines Insurance located in Roseville, California.
In 1997, Gaines was appointed to the Roseville Planning Commission, where he served for two years. In 2000, he was elected to the Placer County Board of Supervisors. He was reelected to a second term in 2004.
Gaines formed an exploratory committee in Fall of 2007 to run against longtime Congressman John Doolittle, who many Republicans feared could not win reelection due to a number of scandals. However, before Doolittle announced he was retiring, Gaines announced he had decided to instead run for a second term in the State Assembly, for which he had neither a primary nor general election opponent.
Gaines ran for California Insurance Commissioner in 2014 against Democratic incumbent Dave Jones. They both advanced to the general election, which Jones won by 4,038,165 votes (57.5%) to 2,981,951 (42.5%).