Chad Mayes

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Chad Mayes
Chad Mayes Photo.jpg
Minority leader of the California State Assembly
In office
January 4, 2016 – September 15, 2017
Preceded by Kristin Olsen
Succeeded by Brian Dahle
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 42nd district
Assumed office
December 1, 2014
Preceded by Brian Nestande
Member of Yucca Valley Town Council
In office
Personal details
Born (1977-04-23) April 23, 1977 (age 40)
Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Residence Yucca Valley, California, U.S.
Alma mater Liberty University
Occupation Politician
Profession Financial Advisor

Chad Mayes is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Republican representing the 42nd district, encompassing parts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Prior to being elected to the State Assembly, he was a Yucca Valley City Councilman.


Mayes earned a Bachelor of Science in Government from Liberty University,[1] before entering public service, Mayes worked as a financial advisor and tax preparer.[2]

Town council[edit]

Mayes served on the Yucca Valley Town Council from 2002–2011, and was twice elected by the council to serve as mayor.

In 2004, Mayes and then-councilman Paul Cook voted against a proposed 42-percent pay increase for town elected officials;[3] in his final budget as Mayor, Yucca Valley spent $8.7 million, a slight decrease from the previous year, and had over $5 million in reserves.[4]

In 2011, Mayes resigned as a member of the town council to focus on his responsibilities as Chief of Staff to San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford, saying he found it "difficult to keep up with the basics of serving as a council member," and that "Yucca Valley deserves a council member who will give them 100 percent every day."[5]

State legislature[edit]

In 2014, Mayes ran for the California State Assembly to succeed term-limited Republican Brian Nestande, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress that year. Mayes was elected to the State Assembly in November 2014, with 57.3% of the vote.[6] He was appointed Vice Chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee and a member of the Committees on Governmental Organization, Insurance and Rules, as well as the Special Committee on Legislative Ethics.[7] Mayes was also appointed to the Select Committee on Renewable Energy Development and Restoration of the Salton Sea,[8] and was named Chief Republican Whip.[9]

Mayes was appointed by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins to serve on the California Commission on Disability Access, which works to improve accessibility by fostering dialogue between the disabled and business communities.[10][11]

During his first year in office, he introduced AB 851, which provides an orderly process for municipal disincorporation, AB 1286, which would create a body to holistically examine the state's regulatory environment, and AB 1202, which would have reduced the California State Fire Prevention Fee for residents who also pay for fire prevention at the local level.[12] All three bills received unanimous bi-partisan support in their policy committee hearings.[13][14][15]

On August 24, the Republican caucus announced the removal of Mayes as the minority leader and will be succeeded by Brian Dahle on September 15.[16]

Personal life[edit]

The son of a pastor, Mayes grew up in Yucca Valley, graduating from Grace Christian School at 16,[2] after graduating from Liberty University, Mayes married his wife Shanon at 24.[17] Mayes currently plays guitar at his church, and performed with Kristin Olsen and David Chiu at the 54th Annual California Prayer Breakfast in Sacramento.[citation needed]

In July 2017, a web site called American Children First claimed that Mayes had been having an affair with Olsen, his predecessor as Assembly Republican Leader, who is also the Vice Chair of the California Republican Party and an elected member of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors.[18][19][20]

Election results[edit]


California's 42nd State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Karalee Hargrove 22,973 37.8
Republican Chad Mayes 20,921 34.4
Republican Gary Jeandron 14,877 27.8
Total votes 60,771 100.0
General election
Republican Chad Mayes 56,517 57.3
Democratic Karalee Hargrove 42,082 42.7
Total votes 98,599 100.0


California's 42nd State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chad Mayes (incumbent) 49,580 50.8
Democratic Greg Rodriguez 40,446 41.4
Libertarian Jeff Hewitt 7,601 7.8
Total votes 97,627 100.0
General election
Republican Chad Mayes (incumbent) 97,864 57.4
Democratic Greg Rodriguez 72,581 42.6
Total votes 170,445 100.0
Republican hold


  1. ^ "Alumnus serves in California Assembly". Archived from the original on 2015-09-10. 
  2. ^ a b "[Chad Mayes] Biography". Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Kelly, Jim. "Compensation equals consternation for council". Hi-Desert Star. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Town of Yucca Valley: Adopted Budget 2010-2011" (PDF). 
  5. ^ Unger, Rebecca. "Mayes resigns from town council". Hi-Desert Star. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
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  7. ^ Newkirk, Barrett. "Chad Mayes announces Assembly committees". The Desert Sun. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Members of the Select Committee on Renewable Energy Development and Restoration of the Salton Sea". 
  9. ^ "Assembly Republican Members". Archived from the original on 6 September 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Asm. Chad Mayes on Twitter". Twitter. 
  11. ^ "Commission Members". 
  12. ^ "Legislation 2015-2016". 
  13. ^ "Bill Votes". 
  14. ^ "Bill Votes". 
  15. ^ "Bill Votes". 
  16. ^ Horseman, Jeff (August 24, 2017). "Republicans oust Inland Assemblyman Chad Mayes as GOP leader". The Press-Enterprise. Retrieved August 24, 2017. 
  17. ^ Vaughn, Courtney. "Yucca Valley native looks to state assembly". Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  18. ^ Turner, Joseph (July 17, 2017). ""Never Trump" California GOP Leader Chad Mayes Having Affair with Colleague". American Children First. Retrieved August 9, 2017. 
  19. ^ Olsen, Rod (April 24, 2017). "Letter from Rod Olsen to Speaker Anthony Rendon's Office" (PDF). American Children First. Retrieved August 9, 2017. 
  20. ^ Koseff, Alexei (July 18, 2017). "Alleged affair between California Assembly Republican leaders fuels political attack". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved August 9, 2017. 

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