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Stephen L. "Steve" Poizner (born January 4, 1957) is a California businessman and Republican politician, who has been the elected State Insurance Commissioner of California since January 8, 2007. Prior to his political career, Poizner worked in the Silicon Valley as a high tech entrepreneur; founding both SnapTrak, Inc. and Strategic Mapping, Inc. Following SnapTrak's sale for $1 billion dollars to Qualcomm, Poizner served a year under Richard Clarke on the National Security Council as a White House Fellow (starting one week before the September 11, 2001 attacks). January 4 is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... A businessman (sometimes businesswoman, female; or businessperson, gender neutral) is a generic term for a wide range of people engaged in profit-oriented enterprises, generally the management of a company. ... For other uses, see Republican Party (disambiguation) or GOP (disambiguation). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... California Insurance Commissioners ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... January 8 is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD (or CE) era. ... Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) is a wireless telecommunications research and development company based in San Diego, California. ... Richard A. Clarke (born 1951) provided national security advice to four U.S. presidents: Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, consulting on issues of intelligence and terrorism, from 1973 to 2003. ... The National Security Council (NSC) of the United States is the principal forum used by the President of the United States for considering national security and foreign policy matters with his senior national security advisors and cabinet officials. ... The White House Fellows program was established by American President Lyndon B. Johnson in October 1964. ... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly...

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Background and early life

Born in Houston, Texas, Poizner was named "Outstanding Male Student at the University of Texas" when he became valedictorian while earning his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas in 1978. He was named an Arjay Miller Scholar at Stanford University when he earned an MBA from Stanford Business School in 1980. Nickname: Space City Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Mayor Bill White Area    - City 1,558 km²  (601. ... In the United States and Canada, the title of valedictorian (an anglicized derivation from the Latin vale dicere, to say farewell) is given to the top graduate of the graduating class (compare dux) of an educational institution. ... A bachelors degree (Artium Baccalaureus, A.B. or B.A.) is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three, four, or in some cases and countries, five or six years. ... Electrical Engineers design power systems… … and complex electronic circuits. ... The University of Texas System comprises fifteen educational institutions in Texas, of which nine are general academic universities, and six are health institutions. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... The Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly known as Stanford University (or simply Stanford), is a private university located approximately 37 miles (60 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco and approximately 20 miles northwest of San José in an unincorporated part of Santa Clara County. ... Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a masters degree in business administration, which attracts people from a wide range of academic disciplines. ... Stanford Graduate School of Business, also known as Stanford Business School or Stanford GSB, is one of the top business schools in the world, and part of Stanford University. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...


Two years after Poizner graduated from Stanford, the national Jaycees organization sued the Saint Paul, Minnesota Jaycees chapter for admitting female members. Poizner led the Palo Alto Jaycees in its efforts to admit women against the national organization's wishes, and the case eventually reached the U.S. Supreme Court, with Poizner a strong equal rights advocate. Poizner and the Palo Alto chapter, along with its fellow groups in other communities, struck a blow against gender discrimination in service clubs. The United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees) teaches leadership development through community services. ... Location in Ramsey County and the state of Minnesota. ... The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is the highest judicial body in the United States and leads the judicial branch of the United States federal government. ... The Equal Rights Party was a Canadian political party that nominated two candidates in the 5 March 1891 federal election. ...


Business career

As founder of Strategic Mapping and SnapTrak, Poinzer developed mapping technology and GPS technology that allows emergency crews to locate cell phone users when they dial 9-1-1. In 2000, Poizner sold SnapTrak to Qualcomm for $1 billion. GPS satellite in orbit The Global Positioning System (GPS), is the only fully-functional satellite navigation system. ... Emergency services are public services that deal with emergencies and other aspects of Public Safety. ... Mobile phones from various years Several mobile phones A mobile or cellular telephone is a long-range, portable electronic device for personal telecommunications over long distances. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) is a wireless telecommunications research and development company based in San Diego, California. ...


Community service

Poizner serves on the Aspire Public Schools board and has volunteered with a local chapter of the NAACP. In 2001, Poizner co-founded EdVoice, an educational non-profit making organization dedicated to improving public schools and serving the interests of K-12 children in California. He was selected out of a pool of 1000 candidates to become one of twelve White House Fellows for a one-year term, from September 2001–September 2002. From September 2002–June 2003, he served as an unpaid teacher in San Jose's Mount Pleasant High School. In 2003, Poizner co-founded of the California Charter Schools Association. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP, generally pronounced as EN Double AY SEE PEE) is one of the oldest and most influential civil rights organizations in the United States. ... EdVoice is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to improving public schools in California. ... The term public school has two contrary meanings: In England, one of a small number of prestigious historic schools open to the public which normally charge fees and are financed by bodies other than the state, commonly as private charitable trusts; here the word public is used much as in... K-12 (Pronounced Kay through twelve or just Kay twelve) is the North American designation for primary and secondary education. ... The White House Fellows program was established by American President Lyndon B. Johnson in October 1964. ... Nickname: Capital of Silicon Valley Location of San Jose within Santa Clara County, California. ... Mount Pleasant High School is a secondary school location in San Jose, California which educates grades 9 through 12. ... Charter schools are publicly funded elementary or secondary schools that have been freed from some of the rules, regulations, and statutes that apply to other public schools, in exchange for some type of accountability for producing certain results, which are set forth in each charter schools charter. ...


Political career

In 2004, Poizner ran for the California State Assembly as a Republican against Democrat Ira Ruskin, a Redwood City Councilman, in the heavily Democratic 21st District, losing by 5,884 votes out of 190,120 votes cast in 2004. He spent $5 million of his own money to fund his campaign. 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The California State Assembly chamber California State Assembly Chamber in the State Capitol The California State Assembly is the lower house of the California State Legislature. ... For other uses, see Republican Party (disambiguation) or GOP (disambiguation). ... The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States; the other being the Republican Party. ... Ira Ruskin is a Democratic California State Assemblyman and former Redwood City, California Council member. ... Redwood City is a suburb located on the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. ... A city council is the most common style of legislative government in a city or town. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The following year, Poizner was nominated by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to be a member of the California Public Utilities Commission. He was unable to accept the appointment however, due to complications from his financial holdings. He also managed the unsuccessful campaign for Yes on Proposition 77 in the November 8, 2005 California Special Election. His Insurance Commissioner campaign also donated $1.25 million to the Yes on Proposition 77 campaign. Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gray Davis with President George W. Bush (2003) Seal of the Governor of California (without the Roman numerals designating the governors sequence) See also: List of pre-statehood governors of California, List of Governors of California The Governor of California is the highest executive authority... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (Austrian pronunciation (IPA): ) (born on July 30, 1947, in Graz, Austria) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor and an American politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of California. ... California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is a commision of the State of California tasked with regulating utilities which operate as monopolies. ... Proposition 77 was a ballot proposition in the referendum election. ... November 8 is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 53 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The California special election of 2005 was held on November 8, 2005 after being called by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on June 13, 2005. ...


In 2006, Poizner ran for the office of California Insurance Commissioner. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 6, and won the general election on November 7 by defeating Democrat Cruz Bustamante, the Lieutenant Governor of California, by a 12.4% margin. [1] Poizner and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger were the only Republicans elected in California statewide races. California Insurance Commissioners ... June 6 is the 157th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (158th in leap years), with 208 days remaining // 1508 - Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, is defeated in Friulia by Venetian forces; he is forced to sign a three-year truce and cede several territories to Venice 1513... November 7 is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 54 days remaining. ... Cruz Miguel Bustamante (born January 4, 1953) is an American politician. ... This a List of Lieutenant Governors of the State of California, 1850-present. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (Austrian pronunciation (IPA): ) (born on July 30, 1947, in Graz, Austria) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor and an American politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of California. ... For other uses, see Republican Party (disambiguation) or GOP (disambiguation). ...


Poizner is pro-choice and advocates equal rights for women and minorities. Pro-choice activists on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, to rally for abortion rights on the anniversary of Roe v. ... The Equal Rights Party was a Canadian political party that nominated two candidates in the 5 March 1891 federal election. ...


Personal

A resident of Los Gatos, California, Poizner and his wife, Carol, have one daughter, Rebecca. Nickname: Motto: Official website: http://www. ...


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Preceded by
John Garamendi
California Insurance Commissioner
January 8, 2007 – present
Incumbent

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Steve Poizner - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (165 words)
Steve Poizner is an entrepreneur, and founder of SnapTrak.
Poizner ran for the California State Assembly as a Republican against Democrat Ira Ruskin, and lost by 5,884 votes (out of 190,120 votes cast) in 2004.
Following his election loss, Poizner was nominated in 2005 by Arnold Schwarzenegger to be a member of the California Public Utilities Commission.
Poizner-Ruskin (October 27, 2004) (674 words)
While billionaire Steve Poizner constantly criticizes Ira Ruskin for accepting group campaign donations, I don't remember Poizner criticizing any of his fellow Republican candidates in California for accepting such money.
Poizner's claim that he would be a fiercely independent Republican member in Sacramento reminds many voters of an old song and it seems to me I've heard that song before.
I was rather surprised to receive a flier in the mail with the banner headline "Steve Poizner is pro-choice." Upon further perusal of this flier I learned that it was sent out in response to literature from Ira Ruskin, Mr.
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