Jesse Gabriel was first elected to the California State Assembly in June 2018. He represents the 45th Assembly District, which includes much of the west San Fernando Valley. Gabriel currently serves on the Appropriations Committee as well as the Committees on Banking and Finance, Higher Education, Housing and Community Development, and Privacy and Consumer Protection. He is also Chair of the Select Committee on Jobs and Innovation in the San Fernando Valley and a member of the Select Committee on Women’s Reproductive Health.
Shortly after assuming office, Gabriel was appointed to the Assembly Leadership where he serves as Assistant Majority Whip. He also was elected by his colleagues as Vice Chair of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus. In 2019, Gabriel was one of 100 leaders from across the state designated as a "California Influencer" by The Sacramento Bee.
In his time in the Legislature, Gabriel has championed efforts to address California’s housing and homelessness crisis, strengthen public education, fight climate change, pass common sense gun safety measures, expand access to justice, and protect vulnerable communities. In his first full year in the Assembly, Gabriel authored six bills that were signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom, including highly regarded measures to expand legal services for low-income Californians and protect communities at risk of hate-motivated violence.
Gabriel has also been an outspoken leader on issues related to mass shootings and gun violence prevention. In 2019, he co-founded a legislative working group and partnered with former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the Brady Campaign, and Moms Demand Action to enact more than a dozen new gun safety measures.
Before being elected to the Legislature, Gabriel worked as a constitutional rights and general litigation attorney, where he helped resolve complex disputes and represented clients before the United States Supreme Court. In 2017, Gabriel sued the Trump Administration in two landmark lawsuits to protect young people—known as Dreamers—who were promised protection under the DACA program. Gabriel also represented Holocaust survivors, victims of domestic abuse, and communities facing hate-motivated violence, and was honored with a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award by The Daily Journal in 2018. Gabriel also worked as counsel and senior advisor to former United States Senator Evan Bayh.
A committed environmentalist and longtime community activist, Gabriel 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. Gabriel lives in Encino 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.