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Nestande and his wife, Gina, have seven children.
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Brian Nestande
Brian Nestande.jpg
California State Assembly District 42
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 6
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Bachelor'sCalifornia State University, Fullerton (1992)
ProfessionFounder/Owner, Nestande & Associates
Office website
Campaign website
Brian Nestande campaign logo
Brian Nestande is a Republican member of the California State Assembly, representing District 42. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. Nestande is seeking election to the U.S. House representing California's 36th Congressional District in 2014.


Nestande's professional experience includes working as founder and owner of Nestande & Associates and serving as Chief of Staff to US Representative Mary Bono from 1998-2000, and Chief of Staff to US Representative Sonny Bono from 1994-1998.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Nestande served on the following committees:

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Governmental Organization, Vice-chair
Revenue and Taxation


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Nestande served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Nestande served on these committees:


Campaign themes


Nestande's campaign website lists the following issues:[2]

  • Education: "To compete in a global market, our children need the best education possible. It is the key to their future – and America’s. Washington can’t make the decisions for our schools – we need to. I support returning control of education to local leaders, parents, and teachers. We know best what we need for our children and a one-sized-fits-all solution from Washington or Sacramento won’t prepare our children to compete in the global economy."
  • Energy & the Environment: "California’s natural resources are what make it one of the best places to live in America. We all want to protect the environment, protect habitats, and our quality of life. We also need to utilize available energy resources and work to increase supply so that we can drive down prices for working families struggling to make ends meet."
  • Healthcare: "The new federal health care law is proving to be unworkable. What was promised by many to be “free healthcare” will actually force people into insurance exchanges that impose high deductibles and fees costing families thousands of dollars each year without improving the quality of care. In California alone, there are projections of premium increases of as much as 146%. We need to reform health care in a way that increases access and quality of care while reducing costs."
  • Immigration: "There is no country in the world more welcoming to immigrants than America. As we debate a national immigration reform proposal, we need to balance border protection with the plight of immigrants here illegally. We need to pass immigration reform that strengthens control of our borders so we know who is entering the country; we need immigration reform that creates a guest worker program that strengthens our economy; and we need to address a permanent population of people here illegally."
  • Jobs & the Economy: "As our manufacturing base continues to erode and our economy becomes increasingly dependent on technology and the service sector, more and more Californians find themselves left out. We need to rebuild our manufacturing sector, which still provides better quality than any other country in the world. We need to continue to invest in new technologies and biotechnology, which provides good-paying jobs and an important economic engine."


—Brian Nestande's campaign website, http://briannestande.com/the-issues/

Nestande's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 432 - Renewable energy resources: solar feed-in
  • AB 707 - Tribal gaming: grants to local agencies
  • AB 1073 - Alzheimer's day care resource centers

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Political Courage test

Nestande did not provide answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[4]

Legislative scorecard

Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score.[5][6]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Nestande ranked as a 14.[7]



See also: California's 36th Congressional District elections, 2014

Nestande is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 36th District. He and incumbent Raul Ruiz (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014, defeating Ray Haynes (R). They will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014.[8][9]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Nestande to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that make this list receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[10]

U.S. House, California District 36 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRaul Ruiz Incumbent 50.3% 41,443
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Nestande 34.8% 28,662
     Republican Ray Haynes 14.9% 12,232
Total Votes 82,337
Source: California Secretary of State


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Nestande won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 42. Due to redistricting following the 2010 census, he was displaced from District 64. He and Mark Anthony Orozco (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. He was subsequently elected in the general election on November 6, 2012.[11][12]

California State Assembly, District 42, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Nestande Incumbent 54.7% 81,768
     Democratic Mark Anthony Orozco 45.3% 67,823
Total Votes 149,591


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Nestande won re-election to the 64th District seat in 2010. He defeated Jeffrey Lemasters Tahir in the June 8 primary, receiving 15,267 votes to Tahir's 4,862. He then defeated Democrat Jose Medina in the November 2 general election.[13][14]

California State Assembly, District 64 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Brian Nestande (R) 75,737
Jose Medina (D) 56,574
California House of Representatives, District 64 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Brian Nestande (R) 15,267
Jeffrey Lemasters Tahir (R) 4,862


In 2008 Nestande was elected to the California State Assembly District 64. Nestande (R) ran unopposed and finished with 124,414 votes.[15]

California State Assembly District 64
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Brian Nestande (R) 124,414

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Nestande is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Nestande raised a total of $1,405,634 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 14, 2013.[16]

Brian Nestande's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Assembly, District 42 Won $600,423
2010 California State Assembly, District 64 Won $354,642
2008 California State Assembly, District 64 Won $450,569
Grand Total Raised $1,405,634


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Nestande's reports.

Brian Nestande (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[17]July 15, 2013$0.00$144,858.93$(8,964.05)$135,894.88
October Quarterly[18]October 15, 2013$135,894.88$76,871.72$(62,181.71)$150,584.89
Year-End[19]January 31, 2014$150,584$229,887$(78,615)$301,856
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2014$301,856$145,112$(124,226)$322,741
Pre-Primary[21]May 22, 2014$322,741$89,908$(176,530)$236,119
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2014$236,119$169,472$(170,959)$234,631
Running totals


Nestande won re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Nestande raised a total of $600,423.
California State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Brian Nestande's campaign in 2012
California Association of Realtors$15,600
Republican Party of Riverside County$10,950
California Dental Association$10,900
California Medical Association$10,300
AFSCME California$7,800
Total Raised in 2012$600,423
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Nestande raised $354,642 in contributions.[23]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Dental Association $8,800
Wintec Energy LTD $7,800
Pacific Diagnostic Imaging LLC $7,800
Pechanga Band Of Luiseno Mission Indians $7,800


Below are Nestande's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[24]

Contributor 2008 total
Brian Nestande $63,200
CA Assoc of Physician Groups $7,200
Hemet Land Management Inc $7,200
Lincoln Club of Riverside County $7,200
Agri-Empire $7,200


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in California

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Arizona scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.


In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[25]


In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[26]


Nestande and his wife, Gina, have seven children.

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  1. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed March 13, 2014
  2. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed April 24, 2014
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  4. Project Vote Smart, "Issue Positions," accessed March 13, 2014
  5. Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard," December 17, 2009
  6. Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene," December 18, 2009
  7. Capitol Weekly, "2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard (Archived)," accessed March 13, 2014
  8. The New York Times, "California Primary Results," May 3, 2014
  9. My desert.com, "Brian Nestande says he'll challenge Rep. Raul Ruiz in 2014," April 9, 2013
  10. Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’" accessed November 21, 2013
  11. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  12. California Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  13. California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  14. Sacramento Bee, "California Assembly General election results," November 1, 2010
  15. California Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  16. Follow the Money, "Nestande, Brian," accessed September 14, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Nestande July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Nestande October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Nestande Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Nestande April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Nestande Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Nestande July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2014
  23. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  24. Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign contributions," accessed March 13, 2014
  25. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  26. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Mike Feuer (D)
California State Assembly District 42
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Assembly District 64
Succeeded by
Isadore Hall, III (D)