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  Poizner, Steve
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<-  2009-03-15  
NameSteve Poizner
Los Gatos, California , United States
Born January 04, 1957 (64 years)
ContributorSummer Intern
Last ModifedRBH
Oct 24, 2018 09:38pm
Tags Jewish - Judaism -
InfoPrior to his political career, Poizner worked in the Silicon Valley as a high tech entrepreneur; founding both SnapTrak, Inc and Strategic Mapping, Inc. Following SnapTrak's sale for $1 billion dollars to Qualcomm, Poizner served a year on the National Security Council as a White House Fellow (starting one week before the September 11, 2001 attacks).

Poizner ran for the California State Assembly as a Republican against Democrat Ira Ruskin, and lost by 5,884 votes (out of 190,120 votes cast) in 2004. He spent 5 million dollars of his own money to fund his campaign.

Steve Poizner easily won the election for California Insurance Commissioner in 2006 with 3,300,255 votes 50.6% to Cruz Bustamante 2,533,469 votes 38.9%[1]. Steve Poizner and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger were the only Republicans elected in California State wide races.


* University of Texas, B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1978 (Named 'Outstanding Male Student at the University of Texas').
* Stanford University, M.B.A. 1980 and graduated as an Arjay Miller Scholar in 1980.

Political Experience

* White House Fellow, 2001-2002 (One of twelve fellows selected for this highly competitive and respected non-partisan program). He was selected out of a pool of 1000 candidates.
* Co-founder of EdVoice, is an educational non-profit making organization dedicated to improving public schools in California. Serving the interests of K-12 children in California.
* Co-founder of the California Charter Schools Association.
* Served on Aspire Schools Board


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Sep 01, 2009 06:00am General Poizner plans suit to halt ‘pilfering’ of Calif. workers’ comp. funds  Article Jason 

Importance? 8.00000 Average


  11/06/2018 CA Insurance Commissioner Lost 47.13% (-5.73%)
  06/05/2018 CA Insurance Commissioner - Open Primary Won 40.98% (+0.49%)
  06/08/2010 CA Governor - R Primary Lost 26.63% (-37.72%)
  11/07/2006 CA Insurance Commissioner Won 50.83% (+12.36%)
  06/06/2006 CA Insurance Commissioner - R Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/02/2004 CA State Assembly 21 Lost 48.45% (-3.09%)
  03/02/2004 CA State Assembly 21 - R Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  06/05/2018 CA Governor - Open Primary Lost 0.00% (-33.67%)
CA US President - R Primary - Jun 07, 2016 R John Kasich
CA Prop 1- Water Bond - Nov 04, 2014 YES Yes
CA District 36 - Special Open Primary - May 17, 2011 R Kit Bobko
CA Proposition 23 - Suspension of AB 32 - Nov 02, 2010 YES Yes
Proposition 19 - Legalizes Marijuana Under California but not Federal Law - Nov 02, 2010 NO No
Santa Clara County Supervisor - District 1 - Primary - Jun 08, 2010 R Mike Wasserman
CA Proposition 93 - Soften Term Limits for State Legislators - Feb 05, 2008 NO No