Ex-Legislator Rains Adds 'Senator' to Name

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Former state Sen. Omer Rains liked the title so much, he's legally changing his first name to "Senator."

Placer County Superior Court Judge George Yonehiro this week granted the request by Rains to change his legal name to "Senator Omer L. Rains."

The change takes effect Sept. 17, barring objections by other parties.

The former Democratic lawmaker said he had signed all documents during his 12 years in office with the title, and that the name change will prevent legal problems with those documents.

Rains, a Loomis resident who practices law in Sacramento, represented the Ventura area from 1970 to 1982, when he left the Senate in an unsuccessful bid for attorney general.

Rains said in a court petition that during and since his tenure in the Senate, he "has generally signed his name as, and has been known by, Senator Omer L. Rains."

"Most assets, real and personal, have been acquired in said name," the petition continued. "Most debts and obligations have been assumed or incurred in said name."

Rains said he had been advised by an attorney to change his name "to avoid the potential for unnecessary legal complications in the future."

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