Brian Dahle

Brian Dahle (born September 20, 1965) is an American politician serving in the California State Senate. He is a Republican representing the 1st district,[3] encompassing the Shasta Cascade region and the northern Sierra Nevada. Prior to being elected to the state Legislature, he was a Lassen County Supervisor for 16 years. He was first elected to the Assembly in 2012,[4] and re-elected in 2014,[5] 2016,[6] and 2018. On June 4, 2019, Dahle won a special election to fill the State Senate seat vacated by Ted Gaines, who resigned after his election to the California Board of Equalization.[7]

Brian Dahle
Brian Dahle official photo.jpg
Member of the California Senate
from the 1st district
Assumed office
June 12, 2019[1]
Preceded byTed Gaines
Minority Leader of the California Assembly
In office
September 16, 2017 – November 8, 2018
Preceded byChad Mayes
Succeeded byMarie Waldron
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 1st district
In office
December 3, 2012 – June 12, 2019
Preceded byJim Nielsen (redistricted)
Succeeded byMegan Dahle
Member of the Lassen County Board of Supervisors
In office
Personal details
Born (1965-09-20) September 20, 1965 (age 55)
Redding, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Megan Dahle
ResidenceBieber, California, U.S.[2]
WebsiteState Senate website


Dahle is a third-generation farmer, business owner, and father. Before running for the State Legislature, Dahle was a Lassen County Supervisor and a full-time farmer in rural Northern California who raises cereal crops for seed.[8]


Elected to the Lassen County Board of Supervisors in 1996, Brian helped ensure that the Lassen County budget was balanced. While he served as a supervisor, he helped them become completely debt free.

State LegislatureEdit

Dahle was first elected to the State Assembly in November 2012 with 65.6% of the vote. He was reelected in 2014 with 70.2% of the vote, and again in 2016 with 73.76%.

He was appointed Vice Chair of the Assembly Environmental and Toxic Materials Committee, the Revenue and Taxation Committee, and the Natural Resources Committee. He has also served as a member of the following Committees: Agriculture, Water, Parks and Wildlife, Privacy and Consumer Protection, Utilities and Commerce, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Insurance, and Business and Professions. `

Dahle was appointed in 2018 by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to serve on the Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response, which is working to improve services for staff in the Capitol.

Dahle was elected by his Assembly Republican colleagues to serve as their Leader on August 24, 2017. He served in this leadership role from September 15, 2017 to November 8, 2018.

Dahle took office as a State Senator on June 12, 2019.[9]

Legislative AccomplishmentsEdit

Dahle has introduced several bills while he was in the State Assembly, which have been signed into law.

  • Assembly Bill 354 (2013), required local initiatives to disclose how the measure qualified for the ballot -- whether that was by voter petitions or by being placed by the local government.
  • Assembly Bill 744 (2013) addressed the need for forest fuel reduction in response to catastrophic fires in California by establishing a fuel reduction pilot program, establishing a three-year pilot project to increase the diameter of tree, increasing the size of trees that can be removed, and directing state agencies to work together to develop regionally appropriate forest restoration processes.
  • Assembly Bill 2363 (2014) directed the California Public Utilities Commission to calculate the integration cost of different sources of “green” power to ensure ratepayers get the best deal for their renewable electricity dollar.
  • Assembly Bill 2082 (2014) authorized the Board of Forestry to set stocking standards based on the specific landscape and species needs, and to take into account the vastly improved survival rates of today's seedlings.
  • Assembly Bill 2112 (2014). The law fixes the Public Resources Code to allow landowners more time to extend Timber Harvest Plans. The law previously allowed no more than a 30-day window for filing notice to extend Timber Harvest Plans, leaving landowners at great risk of having their plans – which can easily cost $30,000 to $40,000 to complete – expire and need to be rewritten simply because of trivial paperwork oversights. The law now allows a 140-day window to ask for an extension.
  • Assembly Bill 2029 (2016) reduces some of the regulation and red tape on landowners working to thin the timber on their property to reduce fire danger.
  • Assembly Bill 1665 (2017) sets a goal of providing broadband access to 98 percent of California households. Assembly Bill 1665 will strengthen the California Advanced Services Fund, which supports modern communications infrastructure in underserved areas.

All of these bills received bi-partisan support and were signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.


In June 2019, after winning his seat in the California State Senate, Dahle held "Faith and Values Town Hall" at Bethel Church in Redding. While elected officials are expected to reach out to their constituents, Dahle's former opponent, Silke Pflueger, criticised him, saying it was inappropriate for an elected official to invite a selected group to a town hall meeting and to then hold that meeting on that group's site. While Dahle's office pushed back that the invitation was open to the public, it included the text, "Christians from local churches are invited." Redding's demographic is 73% non-religious, where two-thirds of the religious population are adherents to Protestantism.[10] In response to a request for comment, a co-speaker at the event, Redding Mayor Winter responded, "I want to say, for the record, that I wholeheartedly agree with the principle of the separation of church and state." Adding, "That does not mean that people of faith should not be involved in government."[11]

Personal lifeEdit

The son and grandson of a farmer, Dahle grew up in rural Northern California, in Lassen County. His family history dates back to their original homestead farm in the 1930s in the Tulelake area of Siskiyou County.

Their present Lassen County farm, in Bieber, California, was purchased in the 1940s by Brian's grandparents and has remained as the family farm since that time.

He married his wife Megan in 1999. When his parents retired, Dahle and his wife purchased the farm. He and his wife have three children.[citation needed]

Caucus membershipEdit

2012 California State AssemblyEdit

California State Assembly election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brian Dahle 41,384 34.2
Republican Rick Bosetti 34,457 28.5
Democratic Robert Meacher 31,120 25.8
Green David Edwards 7,381 6.1
Libertarian Charley Hooper 6,503 5.4
Total votes 120,845 100.0
General election
Republican Brian Dahle 116,098 65.6
Republican Rick Bosetti 60,920 34.4
Total votes 177,018 100.0
Republican hold

2014 California State AssemblyEdit

California's 1st State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brian Dahle (incumbent) 65,466 69.5
Democratic Brigham Sawyer Smith 28,688 30.5
Total votes 94,154 100.0
General election
Republican Brian Dahle (incumbent) 104,103 70.2
Democratic Brigham Sawyer Smith 44,119 29.8
Total votes 148,222 100.0
Republican hold

2016 California State AssemblyEdit

California's 1st State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brian Dahle (incumbent) 103,500 99.6
Libertarian Donn Coenen (write-in) 446 0.4
Total votes 103,946 100.0
General election
Republican Brian Dahle (incumbent) 148,657 73.8
Libertarian Donn Coenen 52,871 26.2
Total votes 201,528 100.0
Republican hold

2018 California State AssemblyEdit

California's 1st State Assembly district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brian Dahle (incumbent) 82,916 64.1
Democratic Caleen Sisk 30,902 23.9
Democratic Peter Van Peborgh 11,446 8.9
No party preference Jenny O'Connell-Nowain 3,987 3.1
No party preference Jerome B.C. Venus (write-in) 9 0.0
Total votes 129,260 100.0
General election
Republican Brian Dahle (incumbent) 125,227 63.0
Democratic Caleen Sisk 73,449 37.0
Total votes 198,676 100.0
Republican hold

2019 California State Senate special electionEdit

2019 California's 1st State Senate district special election
Vacancy resulting from the resignation of Ted Gaines[12]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brian Dahle 57,725 29.6
Republican Kevin Kiley 54,290 27.9
Democratic Silke Pflueger 49,164 25.2
Republican Rex Hime 18,050 9.3
Democratic Steve Baird 10,855 5.6
Republican Theodore Dziuba 4,672 2.4
Total votes 194,756 100.0
General election
Republican Brian Dahle 70,556 53.1
Republican Kevin Kiley 62,259 46.9
Total votes 132,815 100.0
Republican hold


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  7. ^ Willon, Phil (June 5, 2019). "In two California Senate special elections, Gonzalez and Dahle are the winners". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  8. ^ Hooker, Brad. (6 June 2019). "Six questions for the legislature’s top farmer." Agri-Pulse website Retrieved 3 December 2019.
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  10. ^ Redding California, City Data, last accessed 8/21/2019
  11. ^ Joseph, Spencer; Goyer, Elita. "REDDING TOWN HALL RECEIVES CRITICISM AFTER "CHRISTIAN ONLY" MEETING". Action News Now. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
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External linksEdit

California Assembly
Preceded by
Chad Mayes
Minority Leader of the California Assembly
Succeeded by
Marie Waldron