Candidate, U.S. House California District 34
Jimmy Gomez is the real proven progressive helping lead a new generation of Democrats fighting for and delivering results for us.
Bringing a fresh perspective to Congress, Jimmy has roots as an organizer for working families, an advocate for our front-line nurses, and as a community college teacher. He was born in Southern California and raised by his Mexican immigrant parents who worked multiple jobs to make ends meet.
Right out of high school Jimmy began working at a fast-food restaurant and a local retail store stocking shelves overnight, gaining a better understanding of his parent’s struggle to make ends meet, the need for a good job with benefits, and most importantly a quality education. With this newfound clarity, he enrolled in community college, graduated from UCLA, and later earned a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Jimmy recognizes that his story, although not unique, today entails an even more difficult path and is out of reach for far too many.
Jimmy began his public service as soon as he completed his education, as an organizer fighting for working families in his community with AFSCME CA and later as an advocate for our front-line nurses represented by the United Nurses Association of California (UNAC/UHCP).
He then ran a grassroots campaign to earn a seat as one of the youngest members of the State Assembly, where he championed Paid Family Leave, environmental justice, and a woman’s right to choose.
President Obama hailed the law written and passed by Jimmy Gomez as the most progressive expansion of Paid Family Leave in the nation. As a founding member of the Medicare for All Caucus and the Expand Social Security Caucus, Jimmy is continuing to help lead the fight for expanded access to healthcare.
In reaction to the election of Donald Trump, on June 6, 2017 the voters of the 34th District elected Jimmy as our Representative in Congress, where he has stood up to the White House’s attacks on immigrants, education, health care, voting rights, civil rights, and the environment. In fact, Jimmy is a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, the Dream Act, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and the HELP Separated Children Act, which protects children affected by immigration enforcement actions. He has the proven progressive record, voting to stop Republican attempts to fund Trump’s border wall, more detention beds, and increased funding for ICE.
Jimmy is also a strong champion of environmental equity, canceling student loan debt, protecting women’s right to choose, expanding access to education, domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, campaign finance reform, LGBTQ rights, increasing affordable housing and defending and expanding the gains we have made under the Affordable Care Act.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Jimmy led the fight to help people pay for food and rent, and help protect jobs and keep small businesses open. He championed the American Rescue Act, passed the enhanced and expanded child tax credit payments to families, the Paycheck Protection Program to help small businesses stay open, the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, and funding to help create housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, like the Hilda Solis Village in Chinatown.
Congressmember Jimmy Gomez is a leader in the fight to build more affordable housing, keep people housed and help people experiencing homelessness get the services they need. In January 2020, Jimmy led a letter with 64 members of congress to call on President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to prioritize the housing and homelessness crisis, sign an executive order to halt evictions and work with Congress to pass rental relief.
In August of 2021, Jimmy successfully fought to extend the eviction moratorium by protesting on the Capitol steps with Representatives Cori Bush, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Mondaire Jones and Ayanna Pressley.
He earned 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.
We can count on Jimmy Gomez to be our local voice and continue the fight to deliver the progressive results our community needs.
Jimmy Gomez lives in Eagle Rock with his wife Mary and their dog Austin.