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 representing the Fifth District
In office
December 2000 – December 2008
Preceded byBarbara Warden
Succeeded byCarl DeMaio
Personal details
Born (1969-05-22) May 22, 1969 (age 50)
Independence, Missouri, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic (2019-present)
Other political
Republican (before 2019)[1][2]
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. He became a Democrat in 2019 after having been elected to four terms in the Assembly as a Republican.[1][2] Prior to serving in the state assembly, he was a member of the San Diego City Council.

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.[3]

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 without opposition.[3] He retired in 2008 due to term limits. In 2008, he ran for San Diego City Attorney but lost in the primary.[4] The United Way of San Diego then appointed him San Diego's first Commissioner on Homelessness.

California State Assembly[edit]

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.[5]

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

On January 24, 2019, Maienschein switched his political party affiliation from Republican to Democrat.[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

Other activities[edit]

He teaches a course on election law at California Western School of Law and University of San Diego School of Law.[3] He lives in Carmel Mountain Ranch, San Diego.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Assemblyman Brian Maienschein Switches Parties, From Republican to Democrat". KNSD (NBC San Diego). January 24, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "California Republican Party gets even smaller: A GOP lawmaker defects to the Democrats". The Sacramento Bee. January 24, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Official biography". California State Assembly. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  4. ^ Gustafson, Craig (June 4, 2008). "It's Aguirre vs. Goldsmith". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  5. ^ 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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