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Jay Obernolte

Jay Obernolte
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 33rd district
Assumed office
December 1, 2014
Preceded by Tim Donnelly
Mayor of Big Bear Lake, California
In office
December 2010 – 2014
Personal details
Born 1970 (age 44–45)
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Residence Big Bear, California
Alma mater California Institute of Technology
University of California, Los Angeles
Occupation Business owner
Website .com.assemblygopad33

Jay Phillip Obernolte is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly in 2014. He is a Republican representing the 33rd State Assembly district.

He was elected to the city council of Big Bear Lake, California in 2010, where he served as mayor.[1][2][3]

He is the owner, president, and technical director of FarSight Studios.[4]


Obernolte graduated from Edison/Computech High School in 1988. In 1992, he obtained his B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science from California Institute of Technology. In 1997, he received his M.S. in Artificial Intelligence from the University of California, Los Angeles.[1]


Software development

Obernolte started Farsight Studios, an independent developer and publisher of family video games for the Playstation3, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, Apple iPhone, and the PC in 1990. Notable games Farsight Studios has developed include: Game Party, Hotel For Dogs, and Pinball Hall of Fame.[1][5] FarSight Studios claims Sony, Microsoft, Google and Apple among its clients and employs 25 workers.[6]


2014 California State Assembly candidacy

On February 10, 2014, Obernolte announced his candidacy for the California State Assembly to succeed California Republican Party Tim Donnelly in the 33rd district, which encompasses a wide expanse of the High Desert, stretching from the eastern fringes of Los Angeles metropolitan area to the Nevada and Arizona borders.

Obernolte was endorsed by the California Republican Party,[7] San Bernardino County Republican party, the California Republican Assembly,[8][9] The Press-Enterprise,[10] the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association,[11] Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC),[12] San Bernardino County Safety Employee's Benefit Association (SEBA),[13] the California Conservative Christians,[14] and the Independent Voter Political Action Committee.[15]

In the June 2014 primary, Obernolte finished second with 18.89% of the vote with 7,887 votes; he will face Democrat John Coffey in the November 2014 general election.[16]

City Council

In 2010, Obernolte was elected to Big Bear City Council, where he serves as Mayor.[1] Obernolte also serves on the Big Bear Fire Authority, director of the Mojave Desert and Mountain Integrated Waste JPA Board, the Mountain Area Regional Transit Authority Board, and on the League of California Cities Desert-Mountain Division.[6][17]


In 2005, Obernolte was elected to the Big Bear City Airport Board where he served for five years. He then served as President of the Board for three years and as Vice President for one year.[1][18][19]

Volunteer work

Obernolte is a member of the Young Eagles program.[1][20] In 2006, he was voted Soroptimist Man About Town.[21]


Obernolte has been married to his wife Heather since 1996 and together they have two sons: Hale and Troy.[22][23] The family has lived in Big Bear Lake since 1997.[1]

Obernolte holds an Airline Transport Pilot's License for helicopters and seaplanes. He is also a Certified Flight Instructor and has flown light aircraft since 2005. Obernolte worked with [24][25][26][27]

Obernolte holds a third-degree black belt in Pacific Unified Martial Arts and is co-owner and instructor at PUMA Karate in Big Bear Lake.[1][28]


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External links

  • Official website
  • Campaign website
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