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Jimmy Gomez


Jimmy Gomez won California's 34th Congressional District on election night Tuesday, June 6, 2017, with 60.12 percent of the vote.

He is married to Mary Hodge.

Background

Jimmy Gomez was born and raised in Southern California and is the youngest of six children. His parents and four of his siblings immigrated to California from Mexico in the early 1970’s. His parent’s struggle to care for their family while trying to provide in times of illness and emergency, was the inspiration behind Gomez’s Paid Family Leave legislation.

Prior to serving in the State Assembly, Gomez served as Political Director of the United Nurses Association of California and brings with him over a decade of experience in local, state and national politics, including the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), National League of Cities, Democratic National Committee, office of former L.A. City Councilman Michael Feuer, and the office of former Congresswoman Hilda Solis.[1]

Election

California Assembly member Jimmy Gomez, 42, won a plurality in the recent primary election held to choose a replacement for long-serving Congressman Xavier Becerra, whom Gov. Jerry Brown tapped as the new state attorney general. His runner-up, a Korean-American named Robert Lee Ahn, 41, scored well in the Korean-American population in the district, but that represents only 6 percent of the area’s demographics.

This East L.A. district, has had Democratic Latino representation in Congress for many decades.

Gomez is a lifelong Democrat, endorsed by the Democratic Party and various caucuses within and around it, such as Democracy for America and Our Revolution, as well as most of the major unions, Sierra Club, immigrant rights groups, Equality California, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and the Los Angeles Times.

The California State Senate recently passed SB 562, which would create a universal, single-payer health care system in California if it passes the Assembly and if it is signed by the governor. Even passing the Senate was a major accomplishment, and Jimmy Gomez played a key role in making it possible as one of the bill’s key co-authors. His election presents an opportunity to make the Democratic Party in Congress more progressive, and build the momentum for single-payer, Medicare for All nationwide. Support for single-payer health care may soon become a default position for all Congressional Democrats, and could be a leading issue in the 2018 midterm elections.

Jimmy Gomez also helped pass a statewide $15 an hour minimum wage law and wrote the bill that expanded paid family leave. He’s gotten laws passed protecting immigrants and Planned Parenthood.[2]

Progressive support

In addition to former opponent Wendy Carrillo, Jimmy Gomez rolled out endorsements from the Congressional Progressive Caucus, co-chaired by former Democratic National Committee chairman candidate Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota; Democracy for America, a group that previously backed Carrillo; and the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, a major ally of Bernie Sanders that supported Gomez’s former opponent Arturo Carmona, a former Sanders campaign aide.

Gomez capped off the string of announcements with a highly sought-after endorsement from Our Revolution, the political group launched by Sanders himself. And just after the state Democratic Party convention last weekend, Gomez joined a newly formed progressive legislative caucus.

“The Bernie vote is becoming more and more important as time goes on,” said Maclen Zilber, a strategist who helped run the short-lived campaign of former assembly speaker John A. Perez for the seat.[3]

Our Revolution

Our Revolution, the political group Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders launched from the ashes of his presidential campaign, has endorsed Democrat Jimmy Gomez in the race for L.A.'s 34th Congressional District.

In a statement, executive director Shannon Jackson cited Gomez's upbringing and said he "knows the struggles that too many families face."

"Through being raised in a house in which both parents worked multiple jobs to help his family make ends meet, Jimmy understands the importance of access to healthcare, paid family leave, and education," Jackson said, citing legislation Gomez, a three-term state assemblyman, helped pass to expand California's paid family leave law.

Gomez, who faces fellow Democrat Robert Lee Ahn in the June 6 runoff for the seat, has been consolidating support from progressive corners since the primary, with endorsements from the California Nurses Association. and other prominent Sanders backers, including Our Revolution board member Lucy Flores. [4]

HR 109 endorser

By February 20 2019 endorsers of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's HR 109 (Green New Deal) included Jimmy Gomez.

Socialist supporters

Maria Elena Durazo, Jimmy Gomez, Dolores Huerta center

Helping Gomez to win this critical election, Communist Party USA member Eric Gordon crossed downtown L.A. from the Westside to the East to do some phone banking on Monday, the day before the election. This was going to be a low turnout election, so clearly every vote would count.

Campaign headquarters in Highland Park, in Northeast L.A., was a spacious room in a commercial complex, with tables set up for callers and a generous supply of caloric snacks and coffee. When I arrived the troops were thin, and I settled down to a table in the back where I could hear better against the hum of other callers and the many private conversations among old friends who met up there.
I had 14 pages of Democrats in the district to call, but most of them were NH—Not Home—so I had few live conversations, and we were instructed not to leave messages. From those people I did reach, apparently their phones have been ringing like church bells on a wedding day with calls for Jimmy Gomez, and that got pretty annoying. The campaign concluded that voters would rather not hear any more.

The caller next to Gordon was Dolores Huerta.

“Hello, my name is Dolores Huerta, and I’m calling for Jimmy….” Yes, it was indeed the one and only, the iconic co-founder of the United Farm Workers, and one of America’s great progressive standard-bearers, still going strong at the age of 87! I had met her once before, in 1999, when the Southern California Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring, which I headed up at the time, presented her with our headliner social justice award at a fundraising banquet. She remembered it well.

At Dolores Huerta’s table sat another political celebrity making calls. It seemed like she had mostly Spanish speakers on her list. “Yo soy Maria Elena,” she’d say, “y yo soy voluntaria….” This was the estimable Maria Elena Durazo, former secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, widow of Miguel Contreras who held that position before her, and more recently an officer with UNITE-HERE concentrating on immigrant issues.[5]

Medicare for All

Hsingii Tseng Bird August 31, 2017:

1st they made us remove our signs, filtered out any hard question regards to Single Payer, then they tried to shout us down while we chanted "Single Payer Now" at the end of the "forum". We won't give up the fight for Single Payer Healthcare, and we are so tired of hearing excuses and talking points from leaders influenced by for-profit private insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies. Medicare for all coverage is long over due! #WeakSauceForum #SB562 #HealthyCA

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  • Jimmy explaining to our group that he has been trying to push for Medicare for All bill since the 90s, but it has been very hard. (We know it's hard, but you have the power to be on the side of the people. We hire you to work for us, so Do Your Fucking Job!!!!) — with Jenni Chang and Una Lee Jost in Boyle Heights City Hall.

Medicare For All Congressional Caucus founders

In August 2018 Medicare For All Congressional Caucus founding members included Representative Jimmy Gomez.

Medicare for All Act

In February 2019 Rep. Pramila Jayapal introduced H.R.1384 - Medicare for All Act of 2019. By May 29 she had 110 co-sponsors including Rep. Jimmy Gomez.

Liberty Hill Foundation

Board member

As at 2009, Jimmy Gomez, Political Director, United Nurses Association, was on the Board of Directors of the Liberty Hill Foundation, a Los Angeles based organization seeking to advance movements for social change through a combination of grants, leadership training and alliance-building.[6]

Liberty Hill Commissions Training Program

In 2013, Liberty Hill Commissions Training Program Sponsorship Committee members: Sheila Kuehl (Chair), Director, Public Policy Institute at Santa Monica College and former State Senator; Dean Hansell President, Board of Fire & Police Pension Commissioners; Lara Bergthold, Principal, Griffin Schein; Aileen Adams, Deputy Mayor of Strategic Partnerships Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Stewart Kwoh, President, Asian Pacific American Legal Center; Kathay Feng, Executive Director, Common Cause; Tom Saenz, President and General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF); Torie Osborn, Deputy Mayor of Neighborhood and Community Services Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Larry Frank, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Pascual Romel, Deputy Mayor for the Environment, Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Nolan Rollins, President & CEO Los Angeles Urban League; Helen Torres, Executive Director Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE); Regina Freer, Professor, Occidental College, Vice President, Planning Commission; Sharon Delugach, Community Engagement Coordinator, American Federation of Teachers; Roxana Tynan, Executive Director Los Angeles for a New Economy (LAANE). Honorary Co-Chairs: Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez, Assemblymember Holly Mitchell, Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield.[7]

Congressional Progressive Caucus

In July 2017 Jimmy Gomez was a new member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.[8]

2015 United in Courage Awards

On June 30, 2015, Courage Campaign honored Douglas Moore, Jr., for his visionary leadership as Executive Director of United Domestic Workers of America, and his profound dedication to California’s workers and the broader progressive movement. Held at the beautiful Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento, the United in Courage Awards brings together California’s progressive leaders in the heart of the capital for a casual and celebratory evening. Presenting the award to Moore was Charisse Bremond Weaver, President of Brotherhood Crusade in Los Angeles. The inaugural Legacy in Courage Award was given to Willie L. Pelote, Sr., following his retirement from AFSCME California People. Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez spoke and presented the award to Pelote.

Special thanks to our sponsors: United Domestic Workers of America; American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees; California Federation of Teacher; California Teachers Association; National Union of Healthcare Workers; The California Endowment; California Nurses Association; Kaufman Legal Group; International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees; UFCW Western States Council; David Binder Research; SEIU-ULTCW; Brotherhood Crusade; AFSCME 3299; Orange County Employees Association; California School Employees Association; Capital & Main; California Black Health Network; Asian Americans Advancing Justice; and Groundworks Campaigns.[9]

NAKASEC connection

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Circa September 2017 Rep. Jimmy Gomez addressed a NAKASEC rally in Los Angeles.

Here to stay rally

Rally and musical and art performances on Saturday, January 14, 2017, starting at 11 a.m. at 501 North Main St, 90012, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes next to La Placita, Los Angeles.

Join us to stand up for the values of love, compassion and family as we begin a campaign of righteous resistance. We will join hands and stand together to oppose criminalization, mass deportations, and hate crimes. We are #HereToStay and we shall not be moved.

Speakers include: California State Controller Betty Yee; Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez; Miguel Santana, City Administrative Officer, City of Los Angeles; Angelica Salas, CHIRLA; Rusty Hicks, LAC Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, Laphonza Butler, SEIU; Arlene Inouye, UTLA; and Tom Steyer, Next Gen Climate.

Hosted by (partial list):

African Coalition, Black Immigrant Network (BIN), Bend the Arc, California Dream Network (CDN), Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), Center for Community Change (CCC), Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), Human Rights Campaign, Korean Resource Center (KRC), Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, Mi Familia Vota National Immigration Law Center, NextGen California, SEIU California, SEIU 721, SEIU 2015, SEIU UHWW, SEIU USWW, UCLA Dream Center, UNITE HERE, UTLA[10]

CHIRLA connection

CHIRLA held 2 roundtables with supportive Congressional representatives and Chambers of Commerce. One was held on October 18th with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, and Rep. Jimmy Gomez. A second Roundtable was held between CHIRLA California Dream Network youth and Rep. Linda Sanchez at Cal State Fullerton on October 19, 2017.

September/October 2017, CHIRLA organized 3 public events and 2 business roundtables with the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Rep. Nanette Barragan and Rep. Jimmy Gomez, as well as the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed), and the Carson Chamber of Commerce.[11]

Future Forum Caucus

I’m making calls for Abby Finkenauer for Congress from the campaign office and you can too!

Abby Finkenauer for Congress December 6 2018:

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‪Happy to announce I was elected Vice-Chair of the Future Forum Caucus (young D members of Congress) along w/ Congressman Jimmy Gomez & Congressman -elect Antonio Delgado. Excited to join our Chairwoman Congresswoman Murphy as we work to bring hope and opportunities for growth across generations. ‬ — with Abby Finkenauer.

References

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  2. [http://www.peoplesworld.org/article/jimmy-gomez-elected-to-congress-from-downtown-los-angeles/ PW Jimmy Gomez elected to Congress from downtown Los Angeles June 7, 2017 9:24 AM CDT BY ERIC A. GORDON]
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  4. [LA Times MAY 16, 2017, 6:00 A.M. The political group Bernie Sanders helped start weighs in on L.A.'s congressional race,Christine Mai-Duc]
  5. [http://www.peoplesworld.org/article/jimmy-gomez-elected-to-congress-from-downtown-los-angeles/ PW Jimmy Gomez elected to Congress from downtown Los Angeles June 7, 2017 9:24 AM CDT BY ERIC A. GORDON]
  6. Liberty Hill website: Advisory Board
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  11. CHIRLA Action Fund, A COLLECTION OF ACTIONS ORGANIZED TO PASS THE DREAM ACT