FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 6, 2023
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Representative Judy Chu Endorses Gil Cisneros In CA-31
Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair Supports 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 Democratic Representative Judy Chu (CA-28). Chu represents the neighboring Congressional district, also representing much of California’s San Gabriel Valley.
Chu has served as the Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) for over a decade, and she is widely recognized as a leading advocate for Asian Americans and for protecting abortion access. 15.31% of registered voters in CA-31 are Asian American, according to data from Political Data, Inc.
“I am proud to support Gil Cisneros to be the next member of Congress to represent the San Gabriel Valley,” said Representative Chu. “As the son of a working class family and as a Navy veteran, Gil truly embodies what public service should be about. I have worked with Gil in Congress before and know he is the right person to help the Democratic Party take back the House, fight for common sense gun control, women’s rights and support Asian Americans as well as all the beautifully diverse communities of this district. Let’s get #GilontheHill!”
The endorsement comes on the heels of support from Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, the 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, California State Association of Letter Carriers, and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36. 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.