ICYMI: Latino Victory Fund Endorses Fmr. Lt. Commander Gil Cisneros

Fullerton, Calif. – Last Thursday, The Latino Victory Fund endorsed Fmr. Lieutenant Commander Gil Cisneros who is running for Congress in California’s 39th Congressional District. Latino Victory Fund’s endorsement adds to a truly impressive coalitionof support including SEIU California, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), UniteHere! Local 11, United Steel Workers, twelve Democratic members of Congress, more in-district local elected officials than any other candidate running, women’s rights champion Dolores Huerta, Fmr. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the Giffords Campaign to End Gun Violence, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’s BOLD Pac, End Citizens United, and the national Veterans advocacy organization VoteVets.

Latino Victory Fund Endorses Gil Cisneros for Congress 

Washington, D.C. – Latino Victory Fund today endorsed Gil Cisneros in his bid to represent California’s 39th Congressional District. Cisneros is a veteran, philanthropist, and education advocate who previously served on Latino Victory’s National Committee, helping to elect progressive Latino candidates across the country.

California’s 39th is prime pickup opportunity for Democrats, as demographic shifts have transformed it into a majority-minority district. However, a crowded field threatens to undermine progressives’ chances of flipping the seat. Ten Democrats and seven Republicans will face off in a nonpartisan primary to replace thirteen-term Congressman Ed Royce, who, faced with a difficult re-election, announced his retirement in January.

“California’s 39th deserves a progressive champion with a long track record of serving his community and country. There’s no doubt that Gil Cisneros is the right person for the job,” said Cristóbal J. Alex, president of Latino Victory. “We’re proud to support Gil, and we look forward to working with him to flip this district from red to blue.”

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Latino Victory Fund, an organization whose mission is to provide a voice in government for communities that are too often left out of the political process. I know first-hand that if we can provide students the opportunity to succeed, with hard work and service, their potential is limitless. In Congress, I will always fight on their behalf,” said Fmr. Lieutenant Commander Gil Cisneros.

The son of a school cafeteria worker and a Vietnam veteran, Gil Cisneros understands the struggles facing working families. Through the opportunities provided to him by the U.S. Navy, Cisneros experienced firsthand the power of education to transform lives. That is why, for the past decade, he has dedicated his life to improving education outcomes for low-income, Latino children and veterans. In Congress, Cisneros would make education, health care, and living wages his top policy priorities.

The Latino Victory Fund is a progressive political action committee with the mission of growing Latino political power by increasing Latino representation at every level of government – from the school board to the Senate to the White House.

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 Advocate 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, on which he still serves, 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.