Assemblymember Mike Villines

  1. Assemblyman Villines discusses AB 1887, a bill to help Californians with pre-existing conditions acquire health coverage, on the floor of the Assembly

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  2. On November 4 the Legislature approved a historic comprehensive water policy package that will put a bond measure on the ballot to fund critical above ground water storage and conveyance projects crucial to alleviating the water crisis in the Central Valley and all of California. Watch Assemblyman Villines participate in the debate as he speaks in favor SBx7 2 (Cogdill) - The Safe, Clean and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010.

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  3. On August 31st Democrats in the Assembly passed a very dangerous corrections plan that overhauls public safety laws. This plan paves the way for the early release of thousands of dangerous criminals into communities like ours - before they have completed their sentences. Watch Assemblyman Villines participate in the debate as he urges Assemblymembers to consider prison reform rather than this early release proposal.

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  4. Watch Assemblyman Villines' Capitol Update for June. In this month's edition, learn about the Governor's revised May budget plan, what he's doing to help get people back to work by hosting a Job Resource Expo and about the local small business that he honored as the 2009 Small Business of the Year.

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  5. Republican Leader Mike Villines and Roger Niello speak at a press conference on why they do not support the Special Session budget proposed by Democrats.
    Below are some of the key reasons why Republicans do not support this budget proposal.

     Permanent Tax Increases – Imposes $8.6 billion in higher taxes on hard-working Californians, including higher Vehicle License Fees. Over 5 years, our taxes would be raised by $24 billion.

     Small Ongoing Budget Savings – Uses delays and fund-shifts to make it seem like their approach would lead to $8.1 billion in cuts, while in reality it would lead to little ongoing savings.

     Prioritizes Welfare over Public Safety – Contains few cuts to the fastest-growing areas of government like health and welfare programs, while targeting public safety for devastating cuts to frontline officers, community policing and juvenile justice programs.

     Includes Early Release - It also includes dangerous early release and direct discharge parole plans that would allow thousands of inmates to go directly back into our communities, unsupervised by a parole officer.

     No Incentives for Job Creation – Includes no economic incentives or reforms to lower business costs and encourage companies to invest in California and create jobs here.

     No Strict Spending Limit – Has no real spending limit that would force the Legislature to only spend what the state takes in each year.

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Assemblymember Mike Villines

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Mike Villines, R-Clovis, was elected to the California State Assembly in 2004 to represent the 29th Assembly District, which includes the counties of Fresno and Madera. Known as the heartland of California this region is an agriculturally rich and ethnically…

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Mike Villines, R-Clovis, was elected to the California State Assembly in 2004 to represent the 29th Assembly District, which includes the counties of Fresno and Madera. Known as the heartland of California this region is an agriculturally rich and ethnically diverse part of California.

Recognized for his strong negotiating skills and his ability to lead a united Republican caucus, Villines was chosen by his colleagues in November 2006 to serve as Assembly Republican Leader where he served with distinction for over 2 ½ years as one of the longest serving Republican Leaders over the last 25 years.

Improving California's business climate by reducing over burdensome regulation, reforming government to end business as usual in Sacramento and restoring common-sense solutions and accountability to state government have been and continues to be Assemblyman Villines' top legislative priorities. As a newly elected California State Assemblyman, Villines was recognized as a political up-and-comer by being named an "Emerging Leader" by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation.

As Republican Leader, Villines played many important roles. He provided vision and direction as the Republican Caucus formed its legislative agenda. Working with his leadership team, Villines guided legislative strategy to ensure Republican measures were passed and signed into law. His leadership skills and the loyal following of his Republican Colleagues set the tone for his many public policy advances, which included major tax code reform to encourage business development in California; the formation of public/private partnerships to bring public works projects online faster; reform in categorical school funding allowing more flexibility to schools with their budgeting; and balancing environmental protection with economic development by streamlining regulations that allowed growth in our economy and the protection of our natural resources simultaneously. In addition, he continues to lead the development of policy to address California's growing water and clean energy needs throughout the State.

Prior to his election to the Assembly, Villines served as an aide to former Gov. Pete Wilson where he worked to implement the Governor's legislative and policy agenda for reforming burdensome environmental issues. He also served as chief of staff to former State Sen. Chuck Poochigian, and most recently owned his own small business as a Public Relations and Communications Executive.

Villines is a graduate of California State University, Fresno, and holds a BS degree in Political Science. Villines serves on the Board of the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, independent national organization committed to providing specialized educational and enrichment programs for the leaders of our state legislatures. In addition, he currently serves on the Board for the Senator Kenneth L. Maddy Institute for Leadership and Ethics at CSU Fresno. He is active at People's Church of Fresno. Mike and his wife Christina reside in Shaver Lake with their three children.

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