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Richard Rainey

Richard Rainey was a Republican politician from Walnut Creek, California, a suburb in the San Francisco Bay Area. He served in the California State Assembly from 1992 until 1996 and then served in the State Senate from 1996 until 2000 when he was defeated for reelection by Tom Torlakson, a Democratic Assemblyman from Antioch. In 1995, Mr. Rainey was named Legislator of the Year by the California Probation & Parole Correctional Association.[1][2][3][4] Also, during the 1995-96 legislative session, Mr. Rainey served as Chairman of the Assembly Local Government Committee when the Republicans briefly had a majority in the State Assembly.


Rainey was born in Medford, Oregon. He became a police officer in Compton, California in 1962. He was hired by the Contra Costa County Sheriff's department in 1964 and he was promoted through the ranks as a deputy sheriff, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain before he was elected County Sheriff in 1978. Mr. Rainey was appointed by Governor George Deukmejian during the 1980s to the State Board of Corrections and the Board of Trustees of the Robert Presley Institute of Corrections. He served until 1992 when he was elected to the Assembly to replace Bill Baker who was elected to Congress.


Mr. Rainey has a bachelors in administration of justice from Sacramento State University (1973) and a masters in Public Administration from Golden Gate University (1976).


Mr. Rainey is married to Sue Rainey (née McNulty) and they reside in Walnut Creek. They have 7 adult children between them. Brett, Michael and Gina from Richard's 1st marriage to Micki DiLoreto (Micki died from cancer 4/86) and Rob, Steve, Kathy and Kevin from Sue's 1st marriage.

Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Baker
California State Assemblyman, 15th District
Succeeded by
Lynne Leach
Preceded by
Daniel Boatwright
California State Senate, 7th District
Succeeded by
Tom Torlakson


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