Brian Jones (politician)

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Brian W. Jones
Brian Jones, California State Assembly (2009).jpg
Member of the California State Senate
from the 38th district
Assumed office
December 3, 2018
Preceded byJoel Anderson
Member of the
California State Assembly
In office
December 6, 2010 – November 30, 2016
Preceded byJoel Anderson (77th)
Jeff Miller (71st)
Succeeded byBrian Maienschein (77th)
Randy Voepel (71st)
Constituency77th district (2010–12)
71st district (2012–16)
Member of the Santee City Council
In office
February 8, 2017 – December 3, 2018
Preceded byJohn W. Minto
Succeeded byLaura Koval
In office
December 2, 2002 – December 6, 2010
Succeeded byRob McNelis
Personal details
Born (1968-08-09) August 9, 1968 (age 52)
Austin, Texas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceSantee, California, U.S.
Alma materSan Diego State University (BBA)

Brian W. Jones (born August 9, 1968)[1] is an American politician serving in the California State Senate. A Republican, he represents the 38th State Senate district, encompassing most of inland San Diego County. He previously served in the California State Assembly, representing the 71st district, also encompassing most of inland San Diego County. Prior to being elected to the state assembly, he was a member of the Santee City Council.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Austin, Texas, Jones moved to California in 1978. Jones graduated from Santana High School, and continued his education at Grossmont College before earning a bachelor's degree in business administration from San Diego State University in 1991.


Prior to entering politics, he served as Commissioner of the Mobile Home Fair Practices Commission, President of the Kiwanis Key Club, and Secretary of San Diego 4-Wheelers, and a member of the Santee Parks and Recreation Committee.[2][3]

Santee City Council[edit]

Jones was elected to the Santee City Council in November 2002. While on the City Council, he served as a representative on the Mission Trails Regional Park Task Force, Heartland Fire Training Authority Commission, the Santee Elementary School District Conference Committee, the Santee Library Committee, the Goodan Ranch Policy Committee, and as an alternate representative on the Metropolitan Transit Services Board. In addition, he also served on the board of directors for the East County Boys & Girls Club.[4]

As a member of the Santee City Council, Jones oversaw the planning and approval of the Santee Town Center Park[5] and YMCA Aquatic Center.[6]

California State Assembly[edit]

Jones was elected to the California State Assembly in 2010, as a representative of the 77th Assembly District, located in East San Diego County, California. He campaigned on a number of conservative issues, including private sector job creation, which he stated includes "getting government out of the way of the free enterprise market—lower taxes on individuals and corporations, and two, reducing the regulatory burden that the state government is placing on businesses that is chasing them out of the state."[7]

As a member of the Assembly, Jones has expressed support for the Second Amendment,[8] opposition to undocumented immigration,[9] and a desire to see reforms aimed at curtailing the influence of public-sector labor unions. His signature piece of legislation, AB 860, would "prohibit direct political contributions by corporations and unions to political candidates" and "prohibit government employers to deduct from government worker paychecks money that is then used to engage in political activity."[10] In 2016, Jones voted against California SB 1322, a bill that would place any minors forced into prostitution into protective custody instead of charging them with prostitution.[11] This bill would also make it illegal to record someone in a partial or complete state of undress without their knowledge or consent, and added an additional punishment of up to a $10,000 fine for individuals who knowingly solicited sex from minors.[12] He testified before the State Board of Equalization in opposition to the proposed State Responsibility Fire Fee,[13] and has been a supporter of the Stop Special Interest Money initiative[3] and an effort to repeal the California DREAM Act.[14]

In 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed Jones’ bill, AB 959, into law. The new law will "streamline the CalWORKs process for recipients and counties throughout California."[15]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Vice Chair, Business, Professions, & Consumer Protection
  • Governmental Organization
  • Utilities & Commerce
  • Assembly Legislative Ethics[16]

Legislative scorecards[edit]


Jones is one of the few members of the California legislature to make his association with the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council public. Jones is the only member of the California state legislature listed as an attendee of ALEC's Convention of States Simulation in September 2016.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Jones lives in Santee, California, with his wife Heather and their three children.


2014 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 71st State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brian Jones (incumbent) 40,326 76.1
Republican Tony Teora 12,573 23.7
Democratic Howard L. Katz (write-in) 109 0.2
Total votes 53,008 100.0
General election
Republican Brian Jones (incumbent) 64,613 70.6
Republican Tony Teora 26,935 29.4
Total votes 91,548 100.0
Republican hold


  1. ^ Assembly Member Brian Jones of California[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ League of Women Voters – Brian W. Jones
  3. ^ a b Ken Stone & Steven Barthalow (October 25, 2011). "Assemblyman Jones: On Campaign Finance, Cap-and-Trade, Other Issues". La Mesa Patch.
  4. ^ Project Vote Smart – Brian W. Jones
  5. ^ "New Sportsplex USA Opens in Santee". Scouting Santee. June 17, 2010.
  6. ^ Michele Clock (May 13, 2005). "Santee puts off decision on park". U-T San Diego.
  7. ^ "Santee Vice Mayor Brian Jones is running for Assembly race". East County Magazine. April 15, 2010.
  8. ^ "Assemblyman Brian Jones Proudly Defending The 2nd Amendment". September 15, 2011. Archived from the original on November 4, 2011 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ Assemblymember Brian Jones (October 17, 2011). "Dream Act or Nightmare?". Archived from the original on July 9, 2012.
  10. ^ AB 860
  11. ^ "SB-1322 Commercial sex acts: minors. Bill votes". California Legislative Information Website. September 26, 2016. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  12. ^ "SB-1322 Commercial sex acts: minors. -Bill Text". The California Legislation Information Website. September 26, 2016. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  13. ^ Press Release (August 23, 2011). "Assemblyman Jones testifies in opposition to Fire "tax" before the Board of Equalization".[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ Elizabeth Aguilera (December 14, 2011). "Campaign to repeal financial aid for immigrants". U-T San Diego.
  15. ^ Press Release (October 6, 2011). "Governor signs streamlined CalWORKS bill by Assemblyman Brian Jones". Archived from the original on July 8, 2012.
  16. ^ "Committee Membership". California State Assembly. Archived from the original on November 4, 2011.
  17. ^ Michael Gardner (December 14, 2011). "Fletcher at bottom of CRA scorecard". U-T San Diego.
  18. ^ Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. "2011 Legislative ScoreCard".
  19. ^ Capitol Resource Family Impact. "2011 Legislative Scorecard".
  20. ^[permanent dead link]
  21. ^ "COSAction". Retrieved March 2, 2020.

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