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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 77

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Brian Maienschein

86,828 votes (57.5%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Homelessness
  • Mental Health
  • Animal Welfare and Protection



Profession:Assemblymember, 77th District and Educator
San Diego City Council, San Diego City Council — Elected position (2000–2008)


Brian Maienschein has represented California’s 77th Assembly District since 2012. Before joining the Assembly, Brian served eight years on the San Diego City Council, and as the city’s first Commissioner on Homelessness. He is most known for his outstanding response to two wildfires in his district, the 2003 Cedar Fire and the 2007 Witch Creek Fire, as well as for the completion of State Route 56 and the preservation from development of 10,000 acres in the San Pasqual Valley.


Brian was named the 2019 March of Dimes California Legislative Champion for his work to improve Maternal Mental Health. He also received the Easter Seals California Assembly Champion Award for his work with the developmentally disabled community and the San Diego Humane Society’s Humane Hero Compassion Award for championing animal rights. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara and California Western School of Law, Brian also teaches a course on Election Law at USD School of Law. Brian’s proudest accomplishments are his two daughters, Taylin and Brenna.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $689,341

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

California Democratic Party
California Correctional Peace Officers Association
California Dental Association
Eloise Reyes For Assembly 2020
Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians

More information about contributions

By State:

California 87.53%
District of Columbia 2.75%
Massachusetts 2.45%
New York 1.52%
Other 5.75%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.99%)
Small contributions (0.01%)

By Type:

From organizations (98.01%)
From individuals (1.99%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I have had a special relationship with this community for nearly my entire life. I have worked hard to improve our community by leading the effort to complete State Route 56, preserving over 10,000 of acres from development in the San Pasqual Valley, and leading the recovery and rebuilding of two communities after the Cedar Fire and Witch Creek Fire.  In addition, I have had almost 100 bills signed into law as an Assemblymember.  My bills have focused on areas such as homelessness, mental health and animal protection. I will continue to pursue legislation in these issues as well others of importance.

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