Judge Steven Bailey (Ret.) is the only candidate with a background and expertise in criminal law. He was an elected Superior Court Judge in El Dorado County for 8½ years, where he had assignments in criminal, civil, probate, and juvenile cases and served 4 years as the Presiding Juvenile Judge.

Prior to the bench, he was in private practice handling criminal and administrative law for 19 years and was a Certified Criminal Law Specialist, certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He was also Deputy Director in charge of Legislation for the California Department of Social Services under the late Governor George Deukmejian.

Judge Bailey is calling on Californians of all political persuasions to unite in support of his campaign to bring a fair and impartial approach to the Attorney General’s office and refocus the state’s top law enforcement position on reducing crime. “California needs an Attorney General focused on solving our problems, not fighting Washington D.C.”

Judge Bailey has been endorsed by the California Republican Party, the NRA, Gun Owners of California, Crime Victims United, and even the Los Angeles Police Protective League which represents nearly 10,000 officers of the LAPD.

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2009-August 2017
Judge, El Dorado County Superior Court of California (Elected in 2008/Re-Elected 2014)
Presiding Juvenile Court Judge (2012-2015)
  • Assignments: Criminal, Civil, Probate & Juvenile Delinquency
  • Secondary Assignments: Family Law & Dependency
  • Special Assignments: Veterans Court, Adult Drug Court, Behavioral Health Court & Teen Court
    • Established the county’s Veterans Court in collaboration with county agencies
    • Driving force to implement Dual Youth Status to change the way services are provided to abused & delinquent youth
  • Wide and diverse knowledge and understanding of California law are key to Judge Bailey’s judicial experience, being one of only 2 judges in the South Lake Tahoe court. His experience includes:
    • Presiding over Trials and Court Matters
      • Complex Criminal Issues, including 4th Amendment Search & Seizure and 5th Amendment Right to Trial
      • Rulings on serious criminal issues, e.g. sentencing of defendants including life sentences
    • Presiding over Civil Cases
      • Matters in Federal Maritime Law, Choice of Law, Trade Secrets, Product Liability, Assumption of the Risk and Comparative Fault issues
      • Summary Judgement Decisions: Rulings on Issue of Law
    • Presiding over Juvenile Court
      • Deciding issues affecting the lives of children and families
  • Admitted to the: United States Supreme Court Bar (2008); 9th Circuit Court of Appeal; Central, Eastern and Northern Districts of California; and District of Hawaii
Attorney at Law - Licensed in California - Bar No. 146382
Certified Criminal Law Specialist
(Certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization in 2000)
  • Criminal Law
    • Handled complex criminal matters including death penalty, life in prison, homicide and sexual offenses
    • Represented clients in 45+ jury trials
  • Administrative Law
    • Handled nearly 75 complex multi-day administrative hearings
    • Represented individuals and businesses with state licensing issues before California public agencies
Deputy Director, Legislation - California Department of Social Service
  • Responsible for supervision and preparation of legislative proposals, finding authors for legislation, seeking support for legislation and testifying before legislative committees
  • Required a close working relationship with the governor, legislators and legislative staff

Judge Bailey (Ret.) presenting a Continuing Legal Education class

Legislative Assistant - California State Senate
Legislative Assistant - California State Assembly

Judge Bailey (Ret.) presenting a Continuing Legal Education class


Death Penalty

Judge Steven Bailey (Ret.) believes in the death penalty and will enforce the will of the people of this state. Our voters have spoken time and time again that they support this law, a law reserved for the worst of the worst. Justice must prevail.

Sanctuary State

Judge Bailey took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the State of California and the Constitution of the United States. While others may have forgotten that sacred oath, Judge Bailey is committed to uphold all the laws of California and the United States.

Three Strikes

Judge Bailey strongly supports “Three Strikes.” This law ensures that habitual criminals are behind bars and not in our neighborhoods where they threaten our families, neighbors and our law enforcement. Some have proven that they cannot live with us and must spend their time behind bars.

Drug and Property Crimes

Judge Bailey believes that the voters were lied to by the politicians in Sacramento. They told us that reducing drug and property crimes would make our streets and schools safer. They lied. Property crimes in our neighborhoods have skyrocketed but worse yet, drug addiction has resulted in the needless deaths of hundreds if not thousands of our children. Judge Bailey will fight to change the law and protect our homes, property and our children.

Early Release

Judge Bailey believes releasing hardened offenders early from their sentences is a threat to your safety and to the safety of your friends and neighbors. It sends the wrong message—California is not serious about punishing the criminal for the crimes they commit.

Gun Control

Judge Bailey agrees with President Ronald Reagan that it would not serve any good purpose at all to disarm honest citizens and leave them at the mercy of criminals, who by definition do not follow our laws.