Jesse Gabriel was first elected to the California State Assembly in June 2018 and was re-elected in November 2018. He represents the 45th Assembly District, which includes much of the west San Fernando Valley. Jesse currently serves on the Appropriations Committee as well as the Committees on Higher Education, Housing and Community Development, Banking and Finance, Privacy and Consumer Protection, and the Select Committee on Women's Reproductive Health.
Shortly after assuming office, Jesse was appointed by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to serve in the Assembly Leadership as Assistant Majority Whip. In this role, Jesse works with the Speaker and his leadership team to advance the legislative priorities of the Democratic Caucus. He was also elected by his colleagues to serve as Vice Chair of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus. In 2019, Jesse was one of 100 leaders from across state designated as a "California Influencer" by The Sacramento Bee.
Before joining the Legislature, Jesse worked as a constitutional rights and general litigation attorney, where he helped resolve complex business disputes and represented clients before the United States Supreme Court. In 2017, Jesse sued the Trump Administration in two landmark lawsuits to protect young people—known as Dreamers—who were promised protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. As of April 2019, more than 370,000 Dreamers have been able to renew their DACA status as a result of this litigation. Jesse also assisted Holocaust survivors, victims of domestic abuse, and communities facing hate-motivated violence.
Prior to starting his law practice, Jesse served as Counsel to former United States Senator Evan Bayh, where he worked on numerous legal and policy issues, including hate crimes prevention, gender pay equity, and anti-discrimination legislation. Jesse also drafted key provisions incorporated into the Iran sanctions legislation that was signed into law by President Obama in 2010.
A committed environmentalist and longtime community activist, Jesse previously served as a Los Angeles County Commissioner and as a board member of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters and the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.
Jesse lives in the San Fernando Valley with his wife Rachel Rosner—an affordable housing attorney—and their sons Ethan and Joshua. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School.