FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 11, 2024
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Congressman Robert Garcia Endorses Gil Cisneros In CA-31
Former Covina High School Alumnus Backs Cisneros
Covina, CA – Today, former Los Angeles County Congressman and Under Secretary of Defense Gil Cisneros, who is running for California’s open 31st District, announced the endorsement of Covina High School Alumni, former Long Beach Mayor, and now Congressman Robert Garcia. The endorsement continues to show the growing coalition of support for Gil Cisneros campaign.
“I’m proud to endorse my friend Gil Cisneros for Congress to represent the San Gabriel Valley. As someone who attended Covina High School myself (go Colts!), I know the area and the people well.” said Garcia “Gil has both the experience and the values that will serve the SGV. From fighting for the working class to ensuring that reproductive rights are protected, Gil has always stood on the right side of the issues. He will make a great colleague in Congress.”
The endorsement adds to an impressive coalition supporting Cisneros, Supervisor Hilda Solis, Congressmember Judy Chu Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Caucus Chairman Pete Aguilar, 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, 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.