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.
Congressman Col. Paul Cook (ret.)
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
Congressman Ken Calvert
Congressman Doug LaMalfa
Congressman Tom McClintock
Congressman Devin Nunes
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 Curt Hagman
San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales
Adelanto Mayor Gabriel Reyes
Apple Valley Mayor Scott Nassif
Apple Valley Mayor Pro Tem Curt Emick
Apple Valley Town Councilmember Art Bishop
Apple Valley Town Councilmember Larry Cusack
Apple Valley Town Councilmember Kari Leon
Barstow Mayor Julie Hackbarth-McIntyre
Barstow City Councilmember Tim Silva
Big Bear Lake Mayor Rick Herrick
Big Bear Lake Mayor Pro Tem Randall Putz
Big Bear Lake City Councilmember Dave Carreto
Big Bear Lake City Councilmember Bob Jackowski
Big Bear Lake City Councilmember Bill Jahn
Bishop City Councilmember Jim Ellis
Hesperia Mayor Larry Bird
Hesperia City Councilmember Bill Holland
Hesperia City Councilmember Rebekah Swanson
Highland Mayor Larry McCallon
Highland Mayor Pro Tem Penny Lilburn
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 City Councilmember Greg Bogh
Yucaipa City Councilmember Bobby Duncan
Yucaipa City Councilmember Dick Riddell
Yucca Valley Mayor Jeff Drozd
Yucca Valley Mayor Pro Tem Merl Abel
Yucca Valley Town Councilmember Rick Denison
Yucca Valley Town Councilmember Robert Lombardo
Yucca Valley Town Councilmember Jim Schooler
Barstow Community College Board of Trustees President Timothy Heiden
Victor Valley College Trustee Joseph W. Brady
Mojave Water Agency President Thurston “Smitty” Smith
California Small Business Association
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
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
High Desert Taxpayers Association
Inland Empire Taxpayers Association
On the Issues
Keep our Promise to our Veterans
Jay Obernolte has consistently fought for veterans. As a volunteer for Veterans Airlift Command, Jay Obernolte uses his pilot’s license to provide free air transportation to post 9/11 combat wounded and their families. He also hosts an annual event that provides free tax assistance to veterans. In Congress, Jay will work to make the VA accountable, ensuring veterans receive the care and benefits they were promised.
Secure the Border
Jay Obernolte believes that in order for our country to be safe and prosperous, we must secure our borders. In the Legislature, Jay Obernolte opposed the ‘Sanctuary State’ law and giving free health care to illegal immigrants. In Congress, he will work to provide adequate funding to secure our borders and crack down on human trafficking, drug trafficking and illegal entries.
Stop Wasteful Government Spending and Balance the Budget
As an Assemblyman Jay Obernolte has been a leading voice to stop wasteful spending, voting to audit the High-Speed Rail Project and the DMV, which shined a light on their failures and helped end the bullet train to nowhere. In Congress, Jay Obernolte will continue to fight to rein in spending, balance the budget and pay down the national debt so that future generations aren’t saddled with it.
Protect our Neighborhoods
As an Assemblyman Jay Obernolte passed legislation increasing penalties on criminals like human traffickers and drunk drivers (AB 880, AB 1183). His tough on crime record has earned him the endorsement of Sheriff John McMahon and over 150,000 law enforcement officers. In Congress he will work to crack down on gang crimes and violent criminals to make our communities safer.
Strengthen the Middle Class
In the State Assembly Jay Obernolte helped defeat over $300 billion in tax increases and led the fight to defeat a $220 million tax on drinking water. In Congress he will strengthen the middle-class by continuing to fight against tax hikes which is why he is endorsed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.
Create More Livable Wage Jobs
Jay Obernolte has been a job creator for over 3 decades and knows what it takes to create good, living wage jobs. As an Assemblyman Jay Obernolte has consistently voted against burdensome regulations on small businesses and supported investments in career technical education to better prepare students for the workplaces of tomorrow. In Congress he will expand on that record and work to reduce regulations on small businesses so our economy will continue to grow.
Protect our Constitutional Rights
Jay Obernolte is a Constitutional conservative who believes in limiting the government’s ability to pry into American’s privacy. As an Assemblyman, Jay worked to stop illegal government searches and seizures on electronic devices and in Congress, he will fight against government encroachment on our individual liberties. Jay is also a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, having received an “A” rating from the NRA for his work in the California Legislature.
Get Washington D.C. Working Again
Washington is broken with too much partisan infighting and nothing getting done. In the Assembly, Jay Obernolte passed more legislation than any other Republican or Democratic legislator in the Inland Empire, and he will do the same in Congress to find solutions to our country’s problems.
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