Congresswoman Linda Sánchez Endorses Gil Cisneros

Vice-Chair of the House Democratic Caucus Highlights Cisneros’s Commitment to Service

Fullerton, Calif. – Today, Southern California Congresswoman and Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus Linda Sánchez endorsed frm. Lieutenant Commander Gil Cisneros who is running for Congress in California’s 39th Congressional District. A nationally recognized progressive voice for working families, Sánchez is the fifth-highest ranking Democrat in House Leadership and is fighting to strengthen the American Dream for all men, women, and children across the country.

“In the many years that I have known Gil and Jacki Cisneros they have never slowed in their fight to create more educational opportunities for young people,” said Sánchez. “Gil has dedicated his life to the service of our country, our community, and to our children.  At a time when students are threatened with increased taxes and a steeper climb to earn a college degree, Gil will fight for our kids, invest in our workforce, and prepare our students for the modern economy.  I believe that he will make an exceptional Member of Congress.”

Sánchez’s endorsement adds to a growing list of supporters that includes Southern California Congressional leaders, women’s rights champion Dolores Huerta, the Giffords Campaign to End Gun Violence, the national Veterans advocacy organization VoteVets, and local education officials.

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.