A Few Things about Jay

Jay Obernolte is a business owner, legislator, and taxpayer advocate who has lived in California’s 8th Congressional District for over 25 years. Jay holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Caltech and a master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence from UCLA.  In 1990 Jay started FarSight Studios, a videogame development company, in his college dorm room. Since then he has created hundreds of jobs and today, FarSight Studios employs dozens of residents of the 8th Congressional District. While running a successful business, Jay and his wife Heather also raised their two sons, Hale and Troy.

Jay has 15 years of experience in public service. He was first elected to a local airport board in 2005, followed by 4 years of service on a city council and two terms as Mayor of the City of Big Bear Lake. In 2014 he was elected to the California State Assembly and has represented 65% of the 8th Congressional District in Sacramento since then.

Jay has received awards from the California Small Business Association, the National Federation of Independent Business, and the American Society for Public Administration for his accomplishments as a state legislator. Jay has passed more legislation than any other current state lawmaker in the Inland Empire of either party, while simultaneously staying true to his values.

Using his background as a tech entrepreneur, Jay is working to update our state government and make it more efficient and transparent. An example of this is AB 890 and AB 195 which changed the law in California to require tax increases and property taxes requiring voter approval to include clear disclosures on the ballot. Jay is a leading advocate for taxpayers and holds a lifetime 100% voting record with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association as a result of helping to defeat over $300 billion in harmful tax increases, including a recent $220 million tax hike on drinking water.

Jay also has varied hobbies. Jay has an airline transport pilot’s license. He is also a certified flight instructor and has flown light aircraft for 30 years. As a pilot Jay volunteers with the Veterans Airlift Command, providing transportation to wounded and disabled veterans. He is also a 5th degree black belt in Pacific Unified Martial Arts and owned PUMA Karate in Big Bear Lake until his election to the California Legislature.

Jay understands the challenges and opportunities of the 8th Congressional District.  He is passionate about taking his record of creating jobs and his success with passing beneficial legislation to Washington DC with the goal of improving the quality of life for all Americans.

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Elected Leaders
Congressman Col. Paul Cook (ret.)
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
Congressman Ken Calvert
Congressman Doug LaMalfa
Board of Equalization Member Ted Gaines
Former Board of Equalization Member Sen. George Runner (ret.)
Senate Minority Leader Shannon Grove
Senator Andreas Borgeas
Senator Mike Morrell
Senator Scott Wilk
Assembly Minority Leader Marie Waldron
Assembly member Frank Bigelow
Assembly member Tom Lackey
Assembly member Devon Mathis
Assembly member Melissa Melendez
San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood
San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford
San Bernardino County Supervisor Dawn Rowe
San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman
San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales
Adelanto Mayor Gabriel Reyes
Apple Valley Mayor Larry Cusack
Apple Valley Mayor Pro Tem Art Bishop
Apple Valley Town Councilmember Curt Emick
Apple Valley Town Councilmember Kari Leon
Apple Valley Town Councilmember Scott Nassif
Barstow Mayor Julie Hackbarth-McIntyre
Barstow City Councilmember Tim Silva
Big Bear Lake Mayor Randall Putz
Big Bear Lake Mayor Pro Tem Rick Herrick
Big Bear Lake City Councilmember Dave Carreto
Big Bear Lake City Councilmember Bob Jackowski
Big Bear Lake City Councilmember Bill Jahn
Bishop Mayor Jim Ellis
Hesperia Mayor Larry Bird
Hesperia City Councilmember Bill Holland
Hesperia City Councilmember Rebekah Swanson
Highland Mayor Penny Lilburn
Highland Mayor Pro Tem Larry McCallon
Mammoth Lakes Mayor Bill Sauser
Needles Mayor Jeff Williams
Needles Vice Mayor Ed Padget
Needles City Councilmember Tim Terral
Twentynine Palms Mayor Steve Bilderain
Twentynine Palms Town Councilmember Dan Mintz
Twentynine Palms Town Councilmember MacArthur Wright
Victorville Mayor Gloria Garcia
Victorville City Councilmember Jim Cox
Victorville City Councilmember Deborah Jones
Yucaipa Mayor Bobby Duncan
Yucaipa City Councilmember Greg Bogh
Yucaipa City Councilmember Dick Riddell
Yucca Valley Mayor Robert Lombardo
Yucca Valley Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Drozd
Yucca Valley Town Councilmember Merl Abel
Yucca Valley Town Councilmember Rick Denison
Yucca Valley Town Councilmember Jim Schooler
Victor Valley College Trustee Joseph W. Brady
Mojave Water Agency Director Thurston “Smitty” Smith


Law Enforcement
San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon
Inyo County Sheriff Jeff Hollowell
San Bernardino County District Attorney Jason Anderson
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Employees’ Benefits Association
California Coalition of Law Enforcement Associations
Peace Officers Research Association of California


Tax Fighters
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
High Desert Taxpayers Association
Inland Empire Taxpayers Association

On the Issues


Stop Wasteful Spending and Balance the Budget

In Sacramento Jay voted to audit the wasteful High Speed Rail Project and the DMV. These actions shined a light on their failures and helped end the bullet train to nowhere, saving taxpayers billions. In Congress he will be a voice to reign in federal spending and pass a balanced budget that does not create more debt for our future generations.


Keep our Promise to our Veterans

Jay Obernolte has been a strong supporter of Veterans both as an elected official and as a private citizen. Jay volunteers with the Veterans Airlift Command, providing transportation to injured or disabled veterans. He has also hosted an annual Free Tax Preparation for Veterans Event, helping local veterans navigate to complex tax code and saving them tens of thousands of dollars. In Congress he will hold the VA accountable and make sure veterans receive the necessary care they deserve.


Create More Livable Wage Jobs

Jay has owned his software development company for over 2 decades and he has created hundreds of jobs since he started it in his college dorm room. Jay knows exactly what is needed to allow businesses to create livable wage jobs. That is why he consistently voted against overly burdensome regulations in Sacramento and would work to cut regulations in Washington D.C. Jay has also voted to invest millions into career technical education, which provides pathways to careers that pay living wages. He knows by training our students the skills they need today, they will earn the jobs of tomorrow. He will do the same as our Congressman.


Strengthen the Middle Class

In Sacramento Jay helped defeat numerous attempts to weaken our middle class including attempts to weaken Prop 13, $300 billion in tax increases, even attempts to tax our drinking water by $220 million. As our Congressman Jay will work to lessen the burden on the middle class by opposing efforts to raise taxes and he will work to make the middle-class tax cuts permanent, so every American can afford to live the American Dream.


Protect our Constitutional Rights

Jay firmly believes in the need to protect all of our Constitutional rights from government infringement. He worked to pass the California Electronic Communication Privacy Act (CalECPA) in 2015, which extended 4th Amendment protections against illegal searches and seizures to electronic devices. In Congress he will fight against government encroachments on our individual liberties.


Secure our Borders and Ports of Entry

In order to be safe and prosperous a nation must be secure. That is why Jay voted against the Sanctuary State law and other laws that allow violent criminals to be released into our communities. As our representative Jay will work to provide adequate funding to secure our borders and ports of entry, and crack down on human trafficking, drug trafficking and illegal entries.

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