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Jesse Samuel Gabriel (born September 25, 1981) is an American attorney and politician. A Democratic Party member, Gabriel serves in the California State Assembly, representing the 45th Assembly District, which encompasses much of the west San Fernando Valley.

Jesse Gabriel
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 38)
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Rachel Rosner
ResidenceEncino, Los Angeles, California
Alma mater

Early life and careerEdit

Gabriel was born to a Jewish family 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 and served as counsel to Evan Bayh while Bayh was a member of the United States Senate. He worked for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he was a part of the firm's litigation and public policy groups, practicing securities litigation and sports law, likely among other specialties.[3] He filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on behalf of young undocumented immigrants who were protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that was rescinded in 2017.[4]

Following Matt Dababneh's resignation from the California Assembly, 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 64 percent of the vote.[5] He was sworn into office on June 11.[6] Jesse won reelection to his first full term in the November 2018 general election against Justin Clark, winning with 67.6 percent of the vote.[7]

2018 electionEdit

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

Personal lifeEdit

Gabriel's wife, Rachel Rosner, is also an attorney. They have two sons. In July 2017, they moved from Santa Monica, California, to Encino, Los Angeles.[1] His brother, Oren, also served as student government president at Berkeley. Their parents, Stuart and Judith, attended Berkeley and met while studying abroad in Israel. Stuart is a professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.[8] Both of Gabriel's grandfathers also attended Berkeley, where his maternal grandfather served as president of the university's Hillel.[2] Gabriel is an alumnus of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles' New Leaders Project, a civic leadership training program,[9] a distinction he shares with another state legislator from Southern California, Ben Allen.[10]


  1. ^ a b c Modesti, Kevin (January 3, 2018). "Attorney Jesse Gabriel running for Dababneh's Assembly seat". Daily News. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Eskenazi, Joe (September 1, 2006). "Jewish brothers make U.C. student presidency a family tradition". Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "Gibson Dunn | Gabriel, Jesse". April 14, 2018. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  4. ^ Taxin, Amy (September 19, 2017). "US immigrants sue over Trump's end of deportation protection". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  5. ^ Modesti, Kevin. "Democrats Luz Rivas and Jesse Gabriel elected to Assembly from San Fernando Valley". Daily News. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  6. ^ "Two Democrats sworn into office to replace California assemblymen accused of sexual misconduct". Los Angeles Times. June 11, 2018. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  7. ^ Chou, Elizabeth (November 7, 2018). "Election 2018: Jesse Gabriel holds onto seat in race for West San Fernando Valley's 45th District Assembly seat". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  8. ^ "Gabriel". UCLA Anderson School of Management. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  9. ^ "Federation's New Leaders Project (NLP) Class of 2015 is Ready to Lead". The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. November 26, 2015. Archived from the original on May 30, 2019. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  10. ^ "About NLP - Young Adult Community". Archived from the original on May 30, 2019. Retrieved May 30, 2019.

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