Brian Maienschein

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Brian Maienschein
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Member of the California State Assembly
from the 77th district
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Preceded byNathan Fletcher (redistricted)
Member of San Diego City Council
from the 5th district
In office
December 2000 – December 2008
Preceded byBarbara Warden
Succeeded byCarl DeMaio
Personal details
Born (1969-05-22) May 22, 1969 (age 51)
Independence, Missouri, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic (2019–present)
Other political
Republican (before 2019)[1][2]
ChildrenBrenna Maienschein
ResidenceSan Diego, California
Alma materUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
California Western School of Law

Brian Maienschein (born May 22, 1969) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly, representing the 77th district, encompassing parts of northeastern San Diego since 2012. Prior to serving in the state assembly, he was a member of the San Diego City Council, and the city’s first Commissioner on Homelessness. He is most known for his response to two wildfires in his district, the 2003 Cedar Fire and the 2007 Witch Creek Fire, as well as for the completion of California State Route 56 and the preservation from development of 10,000 acres in the San Pasqual Valley.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Maienschein is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara and California Western School of Law. He served as the executive director of Youth Court, a nonprofit organization that works with first-time juvenile offenders.[4] Maienschein also teaches a course on Election Law at USD School of Law.[5]

San Diego City Council[edit]

Maienschein ran for city council in November 2000 and was elected with 63% of the vote. He was re-elected in 2004, and retired in 2008 due to term limits. In 2008, he ran for San Diego City Attorney but lost in the primary.[6] The United Way of San Diego then appointed him San Diego's first Commissioner on Homelessness.

California State Assembly[edit]

Maienschein was first elected to the California State Assembly in 2012, where he now serves on the following committees:

  • Ending the School to Prison Pipeline
  • Housing Affordability for the Middle and Working Class
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Local Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
  • Technological Advances
  • Nonprofit Sector

In 2019-20 Manienschein passed AB 960 which aids in resolving the housing crisis by allowing CalWORKS recipients to use housing assistance vouchers on a shared housing setting-such as staying with family and friends- rather than solely at motels and hotels.

He sponsored AB 465, which allows youth sports groups to require background checks on coaches and other volunteers. The bill passed and was signed into law in August 2013; it becomes effective January 1, 2014. Maienschein himself is a volunteer coach.[7]

Maienschein was also one of two incumbent Republican legislators to earn an endorsement from Equality California, the state's largest LGBT organization.

In 2018, he was reelected by 607 votes out of 199,153 cast.

On January 24, 2019, Maienschein switched his political party affiliation from Republican to Democratic.[1][2]

2014 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 77th State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brian Maienschein (incumbent) 57,147 70.6
Democratic Ruben "RJ" Hernandez 23,821 29.4
Total votes 80,968 100.0
General election
Republican Brian Maienschein (incumbent) 82,987 65.8
Democratic Ruben "RJ" Hernandez 43,038 34.2
Total votes 126,025 100.0
Republican hold

2016 California State Assembly[edit]

2018 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 77th State Assembly district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brian Maienschein (incumbent) 63,269 56.1
Democratic Sunday Gover 49,554 43.9
Total votes 112,823 100.0
General election
Republican Brian Maienschein (incumbent) 99,880 50.2
Democratic Sunday Gover 99,273 49.8
Total votes 199,153 100.0
Republican hold

2020 California State Assembly[edit]

2020 California's 77th State Assembly district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brian Maienschein (incumbent) 86,998 57.5
Republican June Yang Cutter 64,384 42.5
Total votes 151,382 100.0
General election
Democratic Brian Maienschein (incumbent) 149,367 55.8
Republican June Yang Cutter 118,396 44.2
Total votes 267,763 100.0
Democratic hold

Other activities[edit]

He teaches a course on election law at California Western School of Law and University of San Diego School of Law.[4] He lives in Carmel Mountain Ranch, San Diego.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Assemblyman Brian Maienschein Switches Parties, From Republican to Democrat". KNSD (NBC San Diego). January 24, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "California Republican Party gets even smaller: A GOP lawmaker defects to the Democrats". The Sacramento Bee. January 24, 2019.
  3. ^ "Biography". Assemblymember Brian Maienschein. 2016-06-07. Retrieved 2020-01-30.
  4. ^ a b "Official biography". California State Assembly. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  5. ^ "Biography". Assemblymember Brian Maienschein. 2016-06-07. Retrieved 2020-01-30.
  6. ^ Gustafson, Craig (June 4, 2008). "It's Aguirre vs. Goldsmith". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  7. ^ Gardner, Michael (August 27, 2013). "A step toward background checks for youth sports". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 13 September 2013.

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