Brian Dahle

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Brian Dahle
Brian Dahle official photo.jpg
Minority Leader of the California Assembly
Assumed office
September 16, 2017
Preceded byChad Mayes
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 1st district
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Preceded byConstituency established
Personal details
Born (1965-09-20) September 20, 1965 (age 53)
Redding, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
WebsiteAssembly website

Brian Dahle (born September 20, 1965) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly as the Assembly Republican Leader. He is a Republican representing the 1st district, encompassing the Shasta Cascade region and the northern Sierra Nevada. Prior to being elected to the state Assembly, he was a Lassen County supervisor for 16 years. He was first elected to the Assembly in 2012,[1] and re-elected in 2014[2] and 2016.[3]


Dahle is a third-generation farmer, business owner, and father. Before running for State Assembly, Dahle was a Lassen County Supervisor and a full-time farmer in rural Northern California.


Elected to the Lassen County Board of Supervisors in 1996, Brian helped ensure that the Lassen County budget was balanced. While he served as a supervisor, he helped them become completely debt free.

State Legislature[edit]

Dahle was first elected to the State Assembly in November 2012 with 65.6% of the vote. He was reelected in 2014 with 70.2% of the vote, and again in 2016 with 73.76%.

He was appointed Vice Chair of the Assembly Environmental and Toxic Materials Committee, the Revenue and Taxation Committee, and the Natural Resources Committee. He has also served as a member of the following Committees: Agriculture, Water, Parks and Wildlife, Privacy and Consumer Protection, Utilities and Commerce, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Insurance, and Business and Professions. `

Dahle was appointed in 2018 by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to serve on the Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response, which is working to improve services for staff in the Capitol.

Dahle was elected by his Assembly Republican colleagues to serve as their Leader on August 24, 2017. He began this leadership role on September 15, 2017.

Legislative Accomplishments[edit]

Dahle has introduced several bills which have been signed into law.

  • Assembly Bill 354 (2013), required local initiatives to disclose how the measure qualified for the ballot -- whether that was by voter petitions or by being placed by the local government.
  • Assembly Bill 744 (2013) addressed the need for forest fuel reduction in response to catastrophic fires in California by establishing a fuel reduction pilot program, establishing a three-year pilot project to increase the diameter of tree, increasing the size of trees that can be removed, and directing state agencies to work together to develop regionally appropriate forest restoration processes.
  • Assembly Bill 2363 (2014) directed the California Public Utilities Commission to calculate the integration cost of different sources of “green” power to ensure ratepayers get the best deal for their renewable electricity dollar.
  • Assembly Bill 2082 (2014) authorized the Board of Forestry to set stocking standards based on the specific landscape and species needs, and to take into account the vastly improved survival rates of today’s seedlings.
  • Assembly Bill 2112 (2014). The law fixes the Public Resources Code to allow landowners more time to extend Timber Harvest Plans. The law previously allowed no more than a 30-day window for filing notice to extend Timber Harvest Plans, leaving landowners at great risk of having their plans – which can easily cost $30,000 to $40,000 to complete – expire and need to be rewritten simply because of trivial paperwork oversights. The law now allows a 140-day window to ask for an extension.
  • Assembly Bill 2029 (2016) reduces some of the regulation and red tape on landowners working to thin the timber on their property to reduce fire danger.
  • Assembly Bill 1665 (2017) sets a goal of providing broadband access to 98 percent of California households. Assembly Bill 1665 will strengthen the California Advanced Services Fund, which supports modern communications infrastructure in underserved areas.

All of these bills received bi-partisan support and were signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

Personal life[edit]

The son and grandson of a farmer, Dahle grew up in rural Northern California, in Lassen County. His family history dates back to their original homestead farm in the 1930s in the Tulelake area of Siskiyou County.

Their present Lassen County farm was purchased in the 1940s by Brian's grandparents and has remained as the family farm since that time.

He married his wife Megan in 1999. When his parents retired, Dahle and his wife purchased the farm. He and his wife have three children.

Dahle still enjoys farming in Northern California and splits his time between the legislature and the field.

Caucus membership[edit]

2014 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 1st State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brian Dahle (incumbent) 65,466 69.5
Democratic Brigham Sawyer Smith 28,688 30.5
Total votes 94,154 100.0
General election
Republican Brian Dahle (incumbent) 104,103 70.2
Democratic Brigham Sawyer Smith 44,119 29.8
Total votes 148,222 100.0
Republican hold

2016 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 1st State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brian Dahle (incumbent) 103,500 99.6
Libertarian Donn Coenen (write-in) 446 0.4
Total votes 103,946 100.0
General election
Republican Brian Dahle (incumbent) 148,657 73.8
Libertarian Donn Coenen 52,871 26.2
Total votes 201,528 100.0
Republican hold


External links[edit]

California Assembly
Preceded by
Chad Mayes
Minority Leader of the California Assembly