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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 34

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Jimmy Gomez

State Assemblymember
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Standing up to the Trump Administration Agenda (especially protecting the Affordable Care Act and standing up against executive orders on immigration that force undocumented families in the shadows and separate families).
  • Education - Protecting public education from privatization, expanding training and higher education opportunities through debt free or free tuition programs at community colleges and public universities.
  • Jobs - Protecting the rights of working people, including access to health care, the right to collectively bargain, raising the minimum wage and creating opportunities.



Profession:State Assemblymember
State Assemblyman - 51st Assembly District, California State Assembly — Elected position (2012–current)
Political Director, AFSCME - United Nurses Association of Califorinia (2009–2012)
Legislative Aide, Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Feuer (2006–2009)
Legislative Aide, Congresswoman Hilda Solis (2003–2004)


Community College (current)
Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Masters in Public Policy (current)
UCLA Bachelor of the Arts, Political Science (current)


Jimmy Gomez was elected to the California State Assembly in 2012 and reelected in 2014 and most recently in 2016 with over 86 percent of the vote to represent California’s 51st Assembly District, which includes Northeast Los Angeles and unincorporated East Los Angeles.

In the Assembly, Jimmy is a national champion on Paid Family Leave. He authored and passed landmark legislation, Assembly Bill 908, the nation’s most progressive expansion of Paid Family Leave that President Obama hailed as a model for Congress. The legislation expanded California’s Paid Family Leave program to work for all who pay into it and allow those on the lowest rungs of the state’s economic ladder to afford the very program they help to fund.

Jimmy also authored legislation to address public health, environmental justice, water conservation, access to education, domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, campaign finance disclosure in the wake of Citizens United, LGBTQ rights and affordable housing. In only his second term, Jimmy served as Chair of the powerful Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Jimmy received the Champion of Choice Award from Planned Parenthood in 2015 and the Green Leadership Award for “bold environmental leadership” from Green California, a coalition of over 100 environmental organizations.

Jimmy 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. They brought with them a strong sense of family and a strong work ethic. To make ends meet, his mother and father often worked multiple jobs.

His parent’s struggle to care for their family while trying to provide in times of illness and emergency, was the inspiration behind Jimmy’s Paid Family Leave legislation. Strengthening families by improving access to education and healthcare and protecting the rights of workers has been a driving force behind many of Jimmy’s legislative efforts.

After graduating from high school, Jimmy found work where he could – at a fast-food restaurant and a local superstore working from 5pm to 9am. After months of working both jobs, and with the memory of his parent’s struggle to make ends meet, he clearly understood the need for a good job with benefits, and most importantly a quality education.

With this newfound clarity, he enrolled in community college and ultimately transferred to UCLA, where he graduated magna cum laude and later earned a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Jimmy’s recognizes that his story today, although not unique, is a lot harder to achieve and out of reach for far too many.

Prior to serving in the State Assembly, Jimmy 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.

Jimmy continues to fight for progressive legislation to elevate and promote environmental justice, education access, healthcare access, reproductive rights and worker’s rights.

Jimmy lives in Eagle Rock with his wife Mary, and dog Austin.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $1,543,854

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of Royal Business Bank
Ernst & Young
International Association of Fire Fighters
American Association for Justice
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
National Beer Wholesalers Association
Sheet Metal Workers' International Association

More information about contributions

By State:

California 50.20%
District of Columbia 29.16%
Virginia 4.63%
New York 3.50%
Other 12.51%

By Size:

Large contributions (96.24%)
Small contributions (3.76%)

By Type:

From organizations (52.91%)
From individuals (47.09%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Jimmy Gomez has been one of the most effective members of the California State Legislature. He has passed laws and carried bills to expand paid family leave, promote environmental justice, prevent domestic violence, protect Planned Parenthood, disclose money in political ads and stop President Trump’s anti-immigrant orders.

Jimmy received the Champion of Choice Award from Planned Parenthood in 2015 and the Green Leadership Award for “bold environmental leadership” from Green California, a coalition of over 100 environmental organizations.

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