Jesse Gabriel

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Jesse Gabriel
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Member of the California State Assembly
from the 45th district
Assumed office
June 11, 2018
Preceded byMatt Dababneh
Personal details
Jesse Samuel Gabriel

(1981-09-25) September 25, 1981 (age 39)
Berkeley, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Rachel Rosner
ResidenceEncino, Los Angeles, California
EducationUniversity of California,
Harvard University (JD)

Jesse Samuel Gabriel (born September 25, 1981) is an American attorney and politician serving as a member of the California State Assembly. Gabriel represents the 45th Assembly District, which includes much of the west San Fernando Valley.

Early life and career[edit]

Gabriel was born in Berkeley, California, and raised in Oak Park, California.[1] In 2004, he graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in political science. At Berkeley, Gabriel served as student government president in the Associated Students of the University of California during the 2002–03 academic year.[2] He earned his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, where he received the Dean's Award for Community Leadership from then dean and now Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan.[3] 


From 2008 to 2010, he served as counsel to Evan Bayh while Bayh was serving as a member of the United States Senate.

Before being elected to the California State Assembly, Gabriel worked as a constitutional rights and general litigation attorney for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he was a part of the firm's litigation and public policy groups. Gabriel's most notable cases included representing victims of domestic abuse, Holocaust survivors, and groups facing hate-motivated violence. In 2017, he filed two lawsuits against the Trump administration on behalf of young undocumented immigrants, also known as Dreamers, who were protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.[4] He received the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year award from The Daily Journal in 2018.[5]

Gabriel previously served a board member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the League of Conservation Voters before his election in 2018. He has also previously sat on the Los Angeles County Commission on Local Governmental Services.[6]

California Assembly[edit]

Following Matt Dababneh's resignation from the California State Assembly after numerous charges of sexual harassment, effective December 31, 2017, Gabriel announced his candidacy in a special election to replace him in California's 45th State Assembly district.[1] Gabriel won the special election on June 5, 2018, earning 65.7 percent of the vote. He was sworn into office on June 11. He won reelection to his first full term in the November 2018 General Election against Justin Clark, winning with 70.3 percent of the vote.

Shortly after assuming office, Gabriel was appointed to the State Assembly Leadership as Assistant Majority Whip under Majority Whip Todd Gloria. He also was elected by his colleagues as Vice Chair of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus under Chair Ben Allen. During his first full term in the State Assembly, Gabriel authored nine bills that were signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom, including legislation to expand legal services for low-income Californians in civil cases and to establish a Nonprofit Security Grant Program to improve the physical security of nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of violent attacks or hate crimes.[7][8] Gabriel was one of 100 leaders from across the state in 2019 to be recognized as a "California Influencer" by The Sacramento Bee.[9]

Gabriel also co-founded a legislative working group in 2019 that hosted former Congresswoman and gun control advocate Gabrielle Giffords, the Brady Campaign, and Moms Demand Action with the purpose of discussing gun control in California and enacting more than a dozen new gun safety measures.[10]

Gabriel currently serves on the Appropriations Committee, as well as the Committees on Banking and Finance, Higher Education, Housing and Community Development, and Privacy and Consumer Protection. He is also the Chair of the Select Committee on Jobs and Innovation in the San Fernando Valley and a member of the Select Committee on Women's Reproductive Health as well the Select Committee on Police Reform.[11][12]

2018 election[edit]

California's 45th State Assembly district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jesse Gabriel 31,068 43.7
Republican Justin M. Clark 22,709 31.9
Democratic Tricia Robbins Kasson 5,277 7.4
Democratic Ankur Patel 4,534 6.4
Democratic Jeff Bornstein 4,039 5.7
Democratic Daniel Brin 2,432 3.4
Democratic Ray Bishop 1,088 1.5
Total votes 71,147 100.0
General election
Democratic Jesse Gabriel (incumbent) 107,757 70.3
Republican Justin M. Clark 45,619 29.7
Total votes 153,376 100.0
Democratic hold

2020 election[edit]

2020 California's 45th State Assembly district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jesse Gabriel (incumbent) 53,344 100%
Total votes
Democratic hold

Personal life[edit]

Gabriel lives in Encino with his wife Rachel Rosner, an affordable housing attorney, and their three sons.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Attorney Jesse Gabriel running for Dababneh's Assembly seat". Daily News. January 3, 2018. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  2. ^ Eskenazi, Joe (September 1, 2006). "Jewish brothers make U.C. student presidency a family tradition". J. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Jesse Gabriel – 20XX – June 2018 | LALCV". Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  4. ^ "Several LA-area DACA immigrants among those suing Trump administration". Daily News. September 18, 2017. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  5. ^ "Gibson Dunn | Gibson Dunn Team Named Among California Lawyers of the Year". Gibson Dunn. April 5, 2018. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  6. ^ "Jesse Gabriel – 20XX – June 2018 | LALCV". Retrieved November 16, 2020.
  7. ^ "Bill Text - AB-1548 California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program". Retrieved November 16, 2020.
  8. ^ "Bill Text - AB-330 Appointed legal counsel in civil cases". Retrieved November 16, 2020.
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  10. ^ "Governor Newsom Signs Package of New Gun Laws from Legislature's Gun Violence Prevention Working Group". Official Website - Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel Representing the 45th California Assembly District. October 14, 2019. Retrieved November 16, 2020.
  11. ^ "Committees". Official Website - Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel Representing the 45th California Assembly District. June 11, 2018. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  12. ^ "Select Committee on Police Reform | Assembly Internet". Retrieved November 16, 2020.

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