Brian Nestande

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Brian Nestande
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Member of the California State Assembly
from the 42nd district
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Preceded by Mike Feuer
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 64th district
In office
December 6, 2008 – November 30, 2012
Preceded by John J. Benoit
Succeeded by Isadore Hall, III
Personal details
Born (1964-01-10) January 10, 1964 (age 50)
Orange County, California
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Gina Nestande
Children 7
Residence Palm Desert, California
Alma mater California State University, Fullerton
Profession Consultant

Brian Nestande (born January 10, 1964)[1] is a Republican California State Assemblyman currently representing the 42nd district. Nestande is currently running for Congress.

Early life, education, and early political career[edit]

Nestande graduated from Canyon High School in Anaheim in 1982. Nestande earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Cal State Fullerton in 1991.

Immediately after graduating from college, Nestande obtained a job as Deputy Campaign Manager of the successful congressional campaign of Michael Huffington in Santa Barbara County. In 1994, Nestande managed the successful congressional campaign of then-Palm Springs Mayor Sonny Bono. Nestande went to work in Bono's office as Chief of Staff until Bono's death in early 1998. Bono's widow, Mary Bono Mack, was elected to succeed Sonny, and Nestande served as her chief of staff from 1998 until 2000.

In 2000, Nestande built a government affairs consulting business named Nestande and Associates which was headquartered in Palm Desert. He represented a variety of clients working on issues involving alternative energy, health care, telecommunications as well as on other projects and issues in Riverside County.[2]

California State Assembly[edit]


In 2008, Nestande ran for the 64th State Assembly district. He defeated businesswoman Kelly McCarty in the Republican primary 68%-32%.[3] He won the general election unopposed.[4] In 2010, he won the Republican primary, defeating Jeffrey Lemasters Tahir 76%-24%.[5] He won re-election to a second term defeating Jose Medina 57%-43%.[6] After redistricting, he decided to run in the newly redrawn California's 42nd State Assembly district. He won re-election to a third term, defeating Democrat Mark Orozco 55%-45%.[7]


The first bill Nestande introduced in Sacramento was to limit the number of bills a legislator could introduce. Nestande later led a bipartisan coalition that closed a loophole on out-of-state businesses.

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Budget
  • Governmental Organization, Vice-chair
  • Health
  • Insurance
  • Revenue and Taxation[8]

2014 congressional election[edit]

Nestande announced in May 2013 that he would challenge first-term Representative Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, to represent California's 36th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. Ruiz defeated longtime incumbent Republican Mary Bono Mack in 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Nestande is the son of politician Bruce Nestande.

Nestande resides in Riverside County with his wife Gina and their seven children.[9]


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