Gil Cisneros continues to consolidate Latino support in race for Ed Royce’s U.S. House seat


Los Angeles Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard endorsed Democrat Gil Cisneros this week in the race to represent the 39th Congressional District. Roybal-Allard is the latest Latino leader to endorse Cisneros’ bid for the seat being vacated by Rep. Ed Royce, who recently announced he won’t seek reelection.

Cisneros, a Navy veteran and former shipping manager at a Frito-Lay, has become a well-known philanthropist in the Latino community since he and his wife won a lottery jackpot in 2010.

In addition to Roybal-Allard, Cisneros has earned endorsements from several Latino members of Congress members from California, including Democratic leader Rep. Linda Sanchez of Whittier; her sister, former Rep. Loretta Sanchez; labor rights icon Dolores Huerta; and actors George Lopez and Eva Longoria, who were recently featured in a video ad for him.

Cisneros is not the only Latino Democrat in the race. Sam Jammal, a former Obama administration staffer who most recently served as legal counsel to Tesla Inc., was raised by a Colombian mother and a Jordanian father.

So far, at least seven Democrats have said they’re running for Royce’s seat. Since his retirement announcement, five Republicans have also jumped in, including Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson, former state Sen. Bob Huff and former state Assemblywoman Young Kim.

The 39th District is one of the Democrats’ top targets to flip in this year’s midterms. The primary is June 5.