Brian Maienschein


Brian Maienschein

Brian grew up in San Diego County and has been a leading voice for our region, fighting for safe communities, addressing health care needs, supporting small businesses, expanding workers’ rights, protecting our environment and defending Planned Parenthood. Brian has secured millions of dollars in funding for San Diego County to improve local parks, expand health services, support community patrols and renovate senior centers.

Having spent nearly 15 years as a single dad, Brian understands the pressures families face. Brian has a strong record of opposing new and higher taxes. He has worked to promote economic growth and protect jobs. He was named a Tech Champion by TechAmerica for his work to promote San Diego’s technology industry. He also received the Assembly Small Business Leadership Award from the California Small Business Association and the Board of the California Small Business Roundtable in recognition of his commitment to small business. 

Prior to the Assembly, Brian served as the San Diego Commissioner on Homelessness. Brian created Project 25, an innovative pilot program for people experiencing homelessness coupling permanent housing with intensive individualized support. The program was effective in getting people off the street into housing, saved the taxpayers millions annually and received numerous awards for its success.

Brian also served two terms on the San Diego City Council. He spearheaded the development and opening of State Route 56 and led numerous infrastructure improvements throughout the City of San Diego. He also preserved over 11,000 acres in the San Pasqual Valley from development.

After the devastating Cedar and Witch Creek wildfires, Brian led the recovery and rebuilding efforts. He created a one-stop disaster hub for victims that served as a national model for disaster response, uniting government agencies and services to support those impacted by fires.

Before running for City Council, Brian helped develop San Diego’s Community Youth Court, bringing together community service agencies, schools and law enforcement to provide intervention and help youth in crisis. He served as the Community Youth Court’s Executive Director and received the District Attorney’s Crime Victims’ Rights Award for the program’s success.

Brian attended elementary, middle and high school in the district. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, before returning to San Diego, where he earned a law degree from California Western Law School. Brian lives in the 76th Assembly District with his wife, Elly, and daughters, Taylin and Brenna, who are his proudest accomplishments.


Clean Money Champion

from the California Clean Money Action Fund for his record of standing up to special interests

Guardian of Small Business

from the United Way of California for his exceptional service to California’s children and families

Maternal Mental Health Champion

from Maternal Mental Health Now for his work on Maternal Mental Health Legislation

Reproductive Health Care Champion

from Planned Parenthood for his 100% Planned Parenthood Legislative Voting Record

Rare Voice Award

from Rare Disease Legislative Advocates for his outstanding advocacy for the rare disease community

Humane Hero Compassion Award

from San Diego Humane Society for supporting animal friendly legislation

California Housing Hall of Fame

from California Housing Consortium for his work fostering the creation of affordable housing

Legislative Champion Award

from March of Dimes for leadership in improving the health of women, children and infants in California

Legislator of the Year

from California Collaboration for Youth for authoring legislation to protect children

Assembly Advocate Award

from Easter Seals California for his work on behalf of children and adults with disabilities

Housing Package Award

from Habitat for Humanity California for his work on affordable housing

Live United Award

from the United Way of California for his exceptional service to California’s children and families


Secured funding for a pilot project with Rady Children’s Hospital and Genomics Institute to provide genomics testing for babies with rare diseases

Created Project 25 which saved the San Diego taxpayers millions of dollars by getting homeless individuals off the street and into housing with supportive services

Passed first-in-the-nation legislation requiring OBGYNs to screen new and expectant mothers for Maternal Mental Health Disorders

Brought more than half a million dollars to Feeding San Diego and the San Diego Food Bank to
help their response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Worked across party lines to preserve access to Medi-Cal

Spearheaded the development of State Route 56

Preserved over 11,000 acres of San Pasqual Valley
Founded and served as Executive Director of San Diego’s Youth Court
Provided $500,000 in state funding for Retired Senior Volunteer Patrols serving San Diego County
Led the response and recovery efforts for the 2003 Cedar Fire and 2007 Witch Creek Fire
Changed state law to allow other counties to partner with nonprofits to replicate Project 25

Fought for state funding to expand Denti-Cal and provide dental insurance to more Californians


Planned Parenthood Action fund of the Pacific Southwest

“Brian has a 100% voting record with Planned Parenthood.”
-Jodi Hicks- CEO, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California


San Diego police officers association

“Brian Maienschein has been a fierce advocate for crime victims and a staunch supporter of law enforcement.”
-Jared Wilson-President, San Diego Police Officers Association

Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of San Diego County

“Brian Maienschein has always been there to protect our community.”
-David Leonhardi-President, Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of San Diego County

California Association of Highway Patrolmen

“Brian has increased funding for law enforcement and supports our work.”
-Rick LaBeske-President, California Association of Highway Patrolmen

California Professional Firefighters

“Brian makes sure we have what we need to prevent and to fight wildfires.”
-Brian K. Rice- President, California Professional Firefighters

California Police Chiefs Association

California Teachers Association

Peace Officers Research Association of California

California Statewide Law Enforcement Association

Equality California

California Nurses Association

United Nurses Association of California

California Medical Association

American College of Emergency Physicians-California Chapter

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