Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva Endorses Former Lt. Commander Gil Cisneros (CA-39)

Endorsement From Local Assemblymember Highlights Impressive Coalition Of Support 

Fullerton, Calif. – Today, Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva endorsed Frm. Lieutenant Commander Gil Cisneros who is running for Congress in California’s 39th Congressional District. The Congresswoman’s endorsement adds to a growing list of supporters that includes 8 Southern California Congressional leaders, women’s rights champion Dolores Huerta, the Giffords Campaign to End Gun Violence, the national Veterans advocacy organization VoteVets, and more local elected officials than any other candidate running.

“Gil has dedicated his life to service to his country,” said Quirk-Silva. “Gil knows firsthand the consequences of a family losing their healthcare, and he is running for Congress to ensure that every child in America has access to quality, affordable care. I am proud to endorse him.”

Sharon Quirk-Silva is a mother, teacher, and former Mayor of Fullerton. A proven winner, in 2012 she became the first Democrat to defeat an incumbent Republican member of the Legislature in more than a decade. After losing her Assembly seat in 2014 to now CA-39 Republican Congressional candidate Young Kim, Quirk-Silva reclaimed the Assembly seat in a historic campaign rematch in 2016.

“From ensuring Veterans receive the educational benefits that they deserve, to helping small businesses create local jobs, Assemblymember Quirk-Silva has delivered time and time again for our community,” said Cisneros. “It goes without saying that she is a fighter who knows what it takes to win a tough campaign. I look forward to working with her to ensure that working women and men across Orange County have access to quality affordable healthcare, and good paying jobs.”

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Gil Cisneros is a former U.S. Naval Officer and 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. Gil is president and co-founder of The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation, an organization committed to improving the level of Hispanic education in the country. 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 and President Obama’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

California’s 39th Congressional District, split between Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties, will be one of the most competitive districts in California. Hillary Clinton won the district by a whopping nine points, the DCCC labeled it a first-round target on its battlefield map and recently, the Cook Political Report changed the district’s status from Lean R to Lean D.