Matt Dababneh

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Matt Dababneh
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 45th district
Assumed office
January 6, 2014
Preceded by Bob Blumenfield
Personal details
Born (1981-02-20) February 20, 1981 (age 36)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Residence Encino, Los Angeles, California
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles
Occupation Politician
Website 45th State Assembly district—Assemblymember Matt Dababneh

Matt Dababneh is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Democrat representing the 45th Assembly District, which encompasses most of the western San Fernando Valley.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

He was raised in the Inland Empire and graduated from La Sierra Academy in 1999. Dababneh went on to graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a degree in Political Science and History. He was on the staff of the John Kerry for President campaign in 2004.[2][3]


Prior to being elected to the state assembly, for eight years he was the district chief of staff and senior aide to United States Congressman Brad Sherman of the 30th U.S. Congressional district.[2][3]

2014 California State Assembly[edit]

Dababneh took office in January 2014, after winning the November 2013 election to complete the remaining 2014 term vacated by the 2013 resignation of Bob Blumenfield to represent Los Angeles City Council District 3. Dababneh won the seat in closely contested run-off election after finishing 329 votes ahead of his opponent,[4] he won a full term in 2014, and secured a spot in the general election of 2016 finishing as the top vote getter in June primary with 49.24% of the vote.[5] This came after Dababneh received more than $350,000 in outside money in support of his re-election bid.[6] Prior to the June 2016 primary he faced criticism from local Democratic activists for positions he had taken while in office.[7]

In March 2017, Dababneh coauthored the controversial California Senate Bill 649 [8] which would remove a city's ability to control where the technology is placed and transfer that power to the state [9] and is considered "an unconstitutional bill that forcibly exposes neighborhoods to constant, hazardous 4G/5G microwave radiation."[10]

California's 45th State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Matt Dababneh (incumbent) 23,208 54.7
Republican Susan Shelley 19,227 45.3
Total votes 42,435 100.0
General election
Democratic Matt Dababneh (incumbent) 45,321 57.1
Republican Susan Shelley 34,055 42.9
Total votes 79,376 100.0
Democratic hold

2016 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 45th State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Matt Dababneh (incumbent) 42,135 49.3
Republican Jerry Kowal 22,899 26.8
Democratic Doug Kriegel 20,387 23.9
Total votes 85,421 100.0
General election
Democratic Matt Dababneh (incumbent) 111,148 66.4
Republican Jerry Kowal 56,257 33.6
Total votes 167,405 100.0
Democratic hold


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