Travis Allen

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Travis J. Allen
Travis Allen.jpg
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 72nd district
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Preceded by Jim Silva (redistricted)
Personal details
Born (1973-09-14) September 14, 1973 (age 44)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Arielle Bailey
Residence Huntington Beach, California
Alma mater California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Long Beach (B.A.)

Travis Allen (born September 14, 1973) is an American politician serving as a Republican member of the California State Assembly from Huntington Beach. He was first elected in November 2012 to represent the California's 72nd State Assembly district, which includes the cities of Fountain Valley, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Westminster, most of Garden Grove, portions of Huntington Beach portions of Santa Ana and the unincorporated communities of Midway and Rossmoor.[1]

2012 Assembly race[edit]

Travis Allen had operated his own financial advisory and wealth management practice before running for the 72nd Assembly district in 2012, the seat was open due to term limits. He finished second in the June primary with 19.9% of the vote, trailing establishment Republican front-runner and Los Alamitos City Councilman Troy Edgar, who won 28% of the vote. This was the first California election to take place under the blanket primary, in which the top two vote-getters in the primary advanced to the November general election, regardless of political party.[citation needed]

Allen ran a campaign based on populist, conservative anti-establishment themes, although Edgar outspent him by nearly $200,000, Allen defeated front-runner Edgar 55.7% to 44.3% in November.[citation needed]

SB 1 Gas Tax increase repeal[edit]

Allen sponsored a proposed 2018 ballot initiative to repeal Senate Bill 1, Governor Jerry Brown-backed legislation enacted by the Democratic-controlled legislature which increases the state gas tax by 12-cents to 30-cents a gallon. Allen submitted no signatures and the measure failed. [2] SB 1 also increases the diesel fuel excise tax by 16-cents and the diesel fuel sales tax from 5.75% to 9.75%. SB 1 also significantly increases the vehicle license fee. SB 1 went into effect on November 1, 2017 and adds $5.2 billion to California's tax revenue every year.[3][4]

Support for Israel[edit]

Staunch support for Israel has been a hallmark of Allen's political career; in 2016, he introduced legislation intended to push-back against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.[5]

AB 1552, bipartisan legislation that prohibits state government entities from doing business with companies that officially join the BDS movement – keeping in mind that the state does billions of dollars of business with companies annually.

AB 1551 would forbid state government entities from investing in companies engaged in political actions to damage or limit commerce with Israel and Israeli companies. California's two largest pension funds, CALPERS and CALSTERS, have combined investment portfolios of nearly $500 billion.

Voting record[edit]

Allen's legislative voting record has been characterized by his support for limited government, free enterprise, spending restraint, regulatory reform and lower taxes.

He has earned 100% ratings from the California Taxpayers Association, the National Federation of Independent Business and the California Manufacturers Association.

Allen's support for lower taxes and opposition to tax increases has earned him consistent A+ ratings from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

In 2015 the Firearms Policy Coalition gave Allen an A rating in recognition of his support for Second Amendment rights.[6]

2018 gubernatorial candidacy[edit]

Allen at a February 2018 campaign rally

In June 2017, Allen announced his candidacy for Governor of California in the 2018 election,[7][8] he is running on a platform of spurring job creation and business growth by cutting California's high [9] tax rate; restoring tough-on-crime policies; using existing, record tax revenues to fix the state's deteriorating freeways and roads and reduce traffic; increasing school choice and creating more charter schools; preventing future water shortages by increasing water storage capacity and completing the landmark California Water Project.[10][11]

Election results[edit]

2014 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 72nd State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Travis Allen (incumbent) 36,677 65.5
Democratic Joel Block 11,556 20.6
Democratic Albert Ayala 7,733 13.8
Total votes 55,966 100.0
General election
Republican Travis Allen (incumbent) 66,150 65.5
Democratic Joel Block 34,793 34.5
Total votes 100,943 100.0
Republican hold

2016 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 72nd State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Travis Allen (incumbent) 48,321 50.4
Democratic Lenore Albert-Sheridan 27,466 28.6
Democratic Nam Pham 20,158 21.0
Total votes 95,945 100.0
General election
Republican Travis Allen (incumbent) 98,335 58.0
Democratic Lenore Albert-Sheridan 71,332 42.0
Total votes 169,667 100.0
Republican hold


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