Candidate Profile: Chuck Quackenbush
Chuck Quackenbush, 40, was first elected to the State Assembly in 1986. Prior to
that, in 1979, he and his wife, Chris, founded Q-Tech, a high-tech consulting firm
in Silicon Valley. Later, they founded Q-Bit Software Company, successfully building
both companies before selling them in 1989.
A candidate for State Insurance Commissioner, Chuck's campaign is chaired by former
Secretary of State George Shultz. Chuck's candidacy is endorsed by the Southern California
Fraud Investigators' Association, Crime Victims United and the Peace Officers' Research
Association of California (PORAC), representing over 38,000 peace officers.
During his tenure in office, Chuck has earned the respect of community and business
leaders for his legislative accomplishments and integrity. He is known as a leader
committed to supporting business and education, being tough on crime and illegal
immigration, and reforming tax and insurance laws.
For his work to create California jobs, Chuck recently received the American Electronics
Association's "Lifetime Achievement Award." Among his most notable legislative
Public School Choice - allows children to attend any public school regardless of
district boundaries, stimulating competition in public schools.
Research & Development Tax Credits - helps stimulate investment in new products,
increasing our competitiveness.
Juvenile Murder - allows judges discretion to try 14 and 15 year olds as adults in
Technology Dependent Children - ensures that children depending on medical technology
for their survival has access to better, more cost effective medical care.
Capital Gains Tax Reduction; Net Operating Loss Carry Forward; and Intellectual Property
Rights Protection - all bills promoting jobs creation and investment in California.
The California Journal called Chuck "bright and charismatic" and credits
him with a "penchant for hard work and a genuine concern for his district."
Known for getting things done, he believes his actions speak for his leadership style
In July 1991, Chuck voluntarily took a 10 percent pay cut to help reduce the need
for cuts in state health programs and jobs, and he refused to accept an increase
in members' per diem -- reductions that remain in place today. In 1992, he refused
to accept his salary and per diem for July during the budget crisis -- once more
demonstrating leadership and integrity in his effort to resolve the state's economic
woes. He has never voted to increase his legislative salary.
Born at McChord Air Force Base, Chuck has lived around the world with his family.
After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, he was commissioned into the
U.S. Army where he served as a tank platoon leader and helicopter pilot, rising to
the rank of Captain. As a member of the service, he received the United States Army
Commendation Medal. Married 15 years, Chuck and Chris have a daughter, Carrey, and
two sons, Chuck and Joseph.
A respected fiscal conservative and independent legislator, Chuck is Vice Chairman
of the Revenue and Taxation Committee and a member of the Governmental Organization
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