|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 77th district
|Assumed office |
December 3, 2012
|Preceded by||Nathan Fletcher (redistricted)|
|Member of San Diego City Council representing the Fifth District|
December 2000 – December 2008
|Preceded by||Barbara Warden|
|Succeeded by||Carl DeMaio|
|Born||May 22, 1969|
Independence, Missouri, U.S.
|Political party||Democratic (2019-present)|
|Republican (before 2019)|
|Residence||San Diego, California|
|Alma mater||University 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. He became a Democrat in 2019 after having been elected to four terms in the Assembly as a Republican. Prior to serving in the state assembly, he was a member of the San Diego City Council.
Early life and education
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.
San Diego City Council
Maienschein ran for city council in November 2000 and was elected with 63% of the vote. He was re-elected in 2004 without opposition. He retired in 2008 due to term limits. In 2008, he ran for San Diego City Attorney but lost in the primary. The United Way of San Diego then appointed him San Diego's first Commissioner on Homelessness.
California State Assembly
He was elected to the assembly in 2012. In 2012, he served as vice chair of the Health Committee and serves on the following committees: Human Services, Judiciary, and Governmental Organization.
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.
Maienschein was also one of two incumbent Republican legislators to earn an endorsement from Equality California, the state's largest LGBT organization.
2014 California State Assembly
|Republican||Brian Maienschein (incumbent)||57,147||70.6|
|Democratic||Ruben "RJ" Hernandez||23,821||29.4|
|Republican||Brian Maienschein (incumbent)||82,987||65.8|
|Democratic||Ruben "RJ" Hernandez||43,038||34.2|
2016 California State Assembly
2018 California State Assembly
|Republican||Brian Maienschein (incumbent)||63,269||56.1|
|Republican||Brian Maienschein (incumbent)||99,880||50.2|
- "Assemblyman Brian Maienschein Switches Parties, From Republican to Democrat". KNSD (NBC San Diego). January 24, 2019.
- "California Republican Party gets even smaller: A GOP lawmaker defects to the Democrats". The Sacramento Bee. January 24, 2019.
- "Official biography". California State Assembly. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
- Gustafson, Craig (June 4, 2008). "It's Aguirre vs. Goldsmith". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
- Gardner, Michael (August 27, 2013). "A step toward background checks for youth sports". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 13 September 2013.