FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 29, 2023
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LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis Endorses Gil Cisneros for CA-31
Former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Congressmember, and Current Supervisor Backs Cisneros
Covina, CA – Today, former Los Angeles County Congressman and Under Secretary of Defense Gil Cisneros, who is running for the open Congressional seat in California’s 31st District, announced the endorsement of Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis. Solis’s Supervisorial district covers 72.7% of California’s 31st Congressional District.
Supervisor Solis has a long history of public service in the San Gabriel Valley, having represented the area in Congress, the California State Senate, and the California State Assembly. Supervisor Solis was also the United States Secretary of Labor under President Obama, from 2009 – 2013.
The endorsement comes on the heels of support from Hispanic Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ BOLD PAC, California Environmental Voters, SEIU California, Democrats Serve, the New Democratic Coalition Action Fund, Operating Engineers Local 12, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers, and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36.
Supervisor Solis issued the following quote in support of Cisneros: “I’ve represented the San Gabriel Valley in the House of Representatives and currently on the Board of Supervisors — and I was born and raised here. I strongly endorse Gil Cisneros to represent the 31st Congressional District, because as a public servant he has consistently demonstrated his commitment to the people in our community, both as a Congressmember and as Under Secretary of Defense. He deeply understands the challenges faced by our communities and has dedicated his life to advocating for women’s rights, DREAMers, education access, and veterans. I support #GilontheHill because he has never compromised his values and his commitment to standing up for our working-class families over special interests.”
Supervisor Solis’s endorsement adds to a long list of Cisneros’s support from current and former local elected officials, labor unions, and Democratic-aligned organizations. A full endorsement list can be found here.
Gil Cisneros is the former Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, and the Military’s Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer. A former U.S. Naval Officer, Gil was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2), the National Defense Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for his exemplary service to his country.
From 2019 to 2021, Cisneros served as U.S. representative for Los Angeles County in California’s 39th Congressional District where he served on the Armed Services and Veterans Affairs committees.
Gil is an advocate and co-founder of The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation, an organization committed to improving the level of Hispanic education in the country and the lives of Veterans. Gilbert’s dedication toward philanthropy began when he purchased a winning California Mega Millions lottery ticket in 2010. Gil and Jacki partnered with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the city of Pico Rivera, California to create Generation First Degree Pico Rivera, with the goal of putting a college degree in every Hispanic household in the city. Gil’s commitment to education led him to be appointed to former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative’s advisory board.
California’s 31st is an open Congressional District in Los Angeles County covering the San Gabriel Valley. Incumbent Congressmember Grace Napolitano is retiring. The district includes all or part of the Cities of Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bradbury, City of Industry, Covina, Duarte, El Monte, Glendora, Irwindale, La Puente, La Verne, Monrovia, San Dimas, South El Monte, and West Covina. 51.2% of the registered voters in CA-31 identify as Latino, and 15.3% are of Asian or Pacific Islander descent.
Gil Cisneros is a former Navy officer and the use of his military rank, job titles and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Navy or the Department of Defense.