RELEASE: Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-2) Endorses Gil Cisneros (CA-39)

Fullerton, Calif. – Today, Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-2) endorsed Fmr. Lieutenant Commander Gil Cisneros who is running for Congress in California’s 39th Congressional District. Huffman, who represents California’s 2nd Congressional District in coastal northern California, highlighted Cisneros’ commitment to the environment and renewable energy.

“As a senior member of the Natural Resources Committee in the House,” said Congressman Huffman, “I know how important it is that we have representatives who care about the environment and acknowledge that global warming is not a hoax. As a father and former Naval officer, Gil knows that we must protect our environment and preserve the beauty of our state. When Gil gets to Washington he will fight to protect our air, land, water, and coasts, and take on climate change. Gil knows that by transitioning to renewable energy such as solar and wind, we can reduce harmful pollution and protect our planet for future generations.”

Congressman Huffman sits on the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. His career is defined by his impressive record advocating for the environment, women’s rights, and consumer rights as an attorney and as a legislator.

The endorsement adds to a truly impressive coalition of support including SEIU California, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), UniteHere! Local 11, Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, United Steel Workers, the Orange County Labor Fed, the LA County Labor Fed, the California Labor Fed, IBEW Local 11, LiUNA Local 562, fourteen Democratic members of Congress, more in-district local elected officials than any other Democratic candidate running, women’s rights champion Dolores Huerta, the Giffords Campaign to End Gun Violence, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’s BOLD PAC, End Citizens United, and the national Veterans advocacy organization VoteVets.

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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 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.