SACRAMENTO – Senator Ted Gaines (R-Rocklin) today hosted the 38th Annual Capitol Frog Jump at the State Capitol. Elected officials, legislative staffers and media participated to see who could make their frog jump the farthest. “It was an honor to sponsor the 38th Annual Capitol Frog Jump in my second year representing Calaveras County in the 1st Senate District,” said Gaines. “The event is a staple in the Capitol community and a great way to get the word out about the Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee taking place at the end of this month.”…
The only skill required of the frogs (and their frog jockeys) entered in the contest was the ability to leap far and wide. Trophies and bragging rights were awarded to winners of the following categories:
The “Longest Jump” award went to Anya Lawler with the office of Assembly Member Norma Torres. Her frog, “Jumping While Intoxicated,” jumped a whopping 12’5”.
The “Shortest Jump” award went to Assembly Member Kristin Olsen. Her frog, “Splasher,” (named after the frog/mascot for the Modesto Irrigation District) jumped a meager 3’4”.
The “Media Jump” award went to Joe Michaels with Newstalk 1530 KFBK. His frog, “Christopher Ribbit,” jumped 10’8 ½”.
As for Senator Gaines, his frog, “Capitol Gaines,” jumped 8’8” finishing in the middle of the pack. By comparison, the current world record is 21’5 ¾”. The frogs and their jockeys were given an added dose of inspiration by the group of school children encouraging participants to “KISS THE FROG!” Among the legislators who did the deed were Assemblymembers Curt Hagman and Beth Gaines.
Started in 1928, the frog jump was inspired by Mark Twain’s fictional work, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” The Calaveras County Fair adopted the Jumping Frog as their theme 10 years later. The public can watch the official Calaveras County Frog Jump at the Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee in Angels Camp, which runs May 17-20, 2012. For more information, visit www.frogtown.org.
Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento and Sierra counties
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|Frog Jockey Name||Affiliation||Frog Name||Distance Jumped|
|Senator Ted Gaines||Capitol Gaines||8’8″|
|Assembly Member Kristin Olsen||Splasher||3’4″||SHORTEST JUMP WINNER!|
|Assembly Member Beth Gaines||Jumpin’ Job Creator||9′ 7 1/2″|
|Assembly Member Katcho Achadjian||Spike||7’7″|
|Assembly Member Steve Knight||The Dark Green Knight||4’9″|
|Assembly Member Bonnie Lowenthal||Clyde||10’3″|
|Assembly Member Curt Hagman||Hoppy McLong-Jump||7’1″|
|Sonya Logman||Office of Governor Jerry Brown||CA’s First Frog||7’8″|
|Sarah Musiker||Office of Secretary of State Debra Bowen||Tad Poll Worker||8’4″|
|Ryan Cogdill||Office of Senator Bob Huff||Duke||10’5″|
|Michelle Clarke||Office of Senator Bob Dutton||The Queen of Green||8’5″|
|Jessica LaMaack||Office of Senator Jean Fuller||Frögen-Dazs||7’8″|
|Jeff Macedo||Office of Senator Anthony Cannella||Fat Tony||6’8″|
|Philip Takhar||Office of Assembly Member Nathan Fletcher||Axl Rose||9’5″|
|Lindsey Dietz||Office of Assembly Member Shannon Grove||Ridgecrest Ribbit||5’11”|
|Anya Lawler||Office of Assembly Member Norma Torres||Jumping While Intoxicated||12’5″||LONGEST JUMP WINNER!|
|Erin Donnette||Office of Assembly Member Martin Garrick||Paul E. Wog||7’11”|
|Hector Barajas||Senate Republican Caucus Communications||Snoop Froggy Frog||7’5″|
|Brian Green & Veronica Rodriguez||Senate Democratic Caucus||Sapo Guapo||10’11”|
|Brian Weinberger||Senate Committee on Governance & Finance Committee||Gorf||9′|
|Evan Harris||Assembly Republican Caucus||Newt Frogrick||10’5″|
|Ronald Ongtoaboc||Assembly Republican Caucus||Frog Gone Wild||6’3″|
|Chris Odneal||Assembly Republican Caucus||Term Ribbits the Frog||10’1″|
|Ivette Barajas||Assembly Republican Caucus||Señor Croaks-a-Lot||6’6″|
|Dana Mitchell||Asm Comm on Arts, Ent, Sports, Tourism & Internet Media||Jeremy “Hoppy” Evans||10″|
|Cathie Gause & Mary Wilson||CAL/EPA Unified Program||Jumpy Jim||7′ 10 1/2″|
|Ryan Kenny||American Chemistry Council||Frog-raham Lincoln||7’7″|
|Randy Pollack||Law Office of Randy Pollack||Jumping Frog Flash||8’7″|
|Amy Quinton||Capitol Public Radio||Nina TOAD-enberg||6’8″|
|Joe Michaels||Newstalk 1530 KFBK||Christopher Ribbit||10′ 8 1/2″||MEDIA JUMP WINNER!|
|Trevor Zickgraf||Capitol Morning Report||Get a JUMP on the News||6’8″|