Congressman Pete Aguilar Endorses Gil Cisneros For Congress

Reflects On His Own Experience Flipping A House Seat From Red To Blue

Fullerton, Calif. – Today, Southern California Congressman Pete Aguilar endorsed fmr Lt. Commander Gil Cisneros who is running for Congress in California’s 39th Congressional district. The endorsement adds to a growing list of supporters that includes Southern California Congressional leaders, the Giffords Campaign to End Gun Violence, the national Veterans advocacy organization VoteVets, and local education officials.

“To stop the Trump agenda, we need to have strong candidates to defeat lifetime Washington politicians that only enable it,” said Aguilar. “Having been elected by flipping a seat once held by a career Republican politician, I know Gil is the strongest candidate to defeat Ed Royce.”

In 2014, Aguilar who represents the neighboring 31st Congressional District was one of three Democratic challengers in the country to flip a house seat from Republican to Democrat. By focusing on how to strengthen our economy, invest in education, and care for our Veterans, Aguilar ran a campaign focused on issues that affect all Southern Californians.

“Congressman Pete Aguilar has always put people ahead of politics,” said Cisneros. “Unfortunately my opponent Ed Royce is supporting raising taxes on students, veterans, and middle class families in Orange, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties just to appease his corporate donors. In Congress, I look forward to working with Congressman Aguilar to help lower taxes on the middle class, and provide all families in the 39th District the opportunity to achieve the American dream.”

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 and Ed Royce is more vulnerable than ever. Hillary Clinton won the district by a whopping nine points, the DCCC labeled it a first-round target on its battlefield map, and Royce won by the slimmest margin since his first run for congress. Recently, the Cook Political Report changed the district’s status from Likely R to Lean R. Most importantly, Royce has never faced an opponent like Gil before, whose dedication to service and country will propel him to victory in November.