A proven leader who works across party lines, Brian was first elected to the Assembly in 2012. He has worked to promote economic growth and to 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.
Brian has been a champion of increasing access to mental health care and has led the charge to create laws that help women suffering from maternal mental health disorders. He authored landmark legislation that, for the first time, requires OBGYNs to screen expecting and new mothers for depression and other mental health issues.
A strong supporter of a woman’s right to choose, Brian has supported policies that make it easier to access reproductive healthcare. He is proud to have received a 100% score from Planned Parenthood based on his record of supporting pro-choice legislation.
Brian has also worked to improve California’s education system and to provide students the tools they need to succeed. To help make college more affordable and accessible for California’s hardworking students, he co-authored a measure that would freeze tuition rates at our state universities.
A supporter of our military, Brian authored new laws to make it easier for veterans to attain military documents and to provide professional licenses to out-of-state military spouses stationed in California.
To strengthen public safety and protect California’s communities, Brian authored laws to require caregivers at the Department of Social Services to undergo an extensive criminal background check, to increase sentencing for assaults on disabled victims, and to double the sentence for the exploitation of minors. For his work on behalf of children and adults with disabilities, Brian received the Assembly Advocate Award from Easter Seals.
Prior to being elected as an Assemblymember, Brian served eight years on the San Diego City Council from 2001-2009. Brian was elected to the San Diego City Council in November 2000 with the most votes ever received by a non-incumbent, and was re-elected without opposition in 2004. Over the course of both elections, he received the highest number of votes ever cast for a City Council candidate.
He is most well-known for his leadership during the 2003 Cedar Fire and the 2007 Witch Creek Fire. Following both fires, he set up a one-stop shop for disaster victims. The plan he created became a national model for disaster response.
During his tenure on the City Council, Brian preserved over 11,000 acres in the San Pasqual Valley from development. He secured the opening of State Route 56 and made numerous infrastructure improvements throughout his district.
Brian also served as San Diego’s first Commissioner on Homelessness. He created a program that received numerous awards, including a Golden Watchdog award from the San Diego County Taxpayers Association for its success in reducing homelessness, while saving millions of taxpayer dollars.
Prior to serving on the City Council, Brian was the Executive Director of Youth Court, an innovative program that has forged a partnership between law enforcement, schools, and community groups to get first-time juvenile offenders back on track. For his work with the program, Brian received the District Attorney’s Crime Victims’ Rights Award.
Brian also teaches a course on Election Law at the University of San Diego Law School.
A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara and California Western School of Law, Brian’s proudest accomplishments are his two daughters, Taylin and Brenna.