Jimmy Gomez

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Jimmy Gomez
Jimmy Gomez official portrait.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 34th district
Assumed office
July 11, 2017
Preceded by Xavier Becerra
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 51st district
In office
December 3, 2012 – July 11, 2017
Preceded by Steven Bradford
Succeeded by Vacant
Personal details
Born (1974-11-25) November 25, 1974 (age 42)
Fullerton, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Hodge
Education University of California,
Los Angeles
(BA)
Harvard University (MPP)
Website House website

Jimmy Gomez (born November 25, 1974) is an American politician who is the current Member of the United States House of Representatives for California's 34th congressional district. He previously served in the California State Assembly from 2012 to 2017. On June 6, 2017, he won an election to replace Xavier Becerra in Congress, which Becerra vacated to become California's Attorney General.[1] On July 11, 2017, Gomez was officially sworn-in as a member of the United States House of Representatives.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Born and raised in Southern California, Gomez is the child of immigrant parents who moved to California from Mexico in the early 1970s.[3]

Gomez earned his B.A. in political science from University of California, Los Angeles and his master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.[4]

California State Assembly[edit]

Gomez's official California Assembly portrait

Gomez was a member of the California State Assembly, representing District 51. Gomez was first elected in November 2012 and subsequently reelected in 2014 with over 83% of the vote to represent California’s 51st Assembly District, which includes Northeast Los Angeles and unincorporated East Los Angeles. He served as State Assembly Majority Whip from 2013 to 2014.

Gomez was a member of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. Prior to being elected to the Assembly in 2012, he was the political director for the United Nurses Association of California.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2017[edit]

On December 5, 2016, Gomez announced his candidacy for the special election to succeed Xavier Becerra in the United States House of Representatives for California's 34th congressional district.[5] Gomez received endorsements from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) and Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) among others.[6]

On April 4, 2017, Gomez came in first during the special election. Since he did not receive a majority of the votes, he faced Robert Lee Ahn, the runner-up, during a special runoff election, which took place June 6, 2017. He won the open seat with 60% of vote.

Tenure[edit]

Gomez's term began on his special election, June 6, 2017. He was sworn into office on July 11, 2017.[7][8]

Committee assignments[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

2014[edit]

California's 51st State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jimmy Gomez (incumbent) 20,621 99.7
Republican Stephen C. Smith (write-in) 54 0.3
Total votes 20,675 100.0
General election
Democratic Jimmy Gomez (incumbent) 42,261 83.6
Republican Stephen C. Smith 8,277 16.4
Total votes 50,538 100.0
Democratic hold

2016[edit]

California's 51st State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jimmy Gomez (incumbent) 62,366 100.0
Libertarian Mike Everling (write-in) 7 0.0
Total votes 62,373 100.0
General election
Democratic Jimmy Gomez (incumbent) 110,036 86.1
Libertarian Mike Everling 17,724 13.9
Total votes 127,760 100.0
Democratic hold

2017[edit]

California's 34th congressional district special general election, 2017
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jimmy Gomez 19,761 60.1%
Democratic Robert Lee Ahn 13,108 39.9%
Total votes 32,869 100.00
Democratic hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ Debbie L. Sklar (June 7, 2017). "Traditionally Latino congressional seat stays with Latino: Korean-American defeated". My News LA. City News Service. 
  2. ^ Sarah D. Wire (July 11, 2017). "Jimmy Gomez sworn into Congress". Los Angeles Times. (subscription required)
  3. ^ "Biography". Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez California District 51. December 13, 2012. Retrieved June 8, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Jimmy Gomez's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved June 8, 2017. 
  5. ^ Melanie Mason (December 5, 2016). "Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez joins race to succeed Rep. Xavier Becerra in Congress". Los Angeles Times. (subscription required)
  6. ^ Christine Mai-Duc (January 17, 2016). "Who's in and who's out in the race to replace Rep. Xavier Becerra in Congress". Los Angeles Times. (subscription required)
  7. ^ Kyle Cheney (June 28, 2017). "Gomez to be sworn in to House on July 11". Politico. 
  8. ^ Sarah D. Wire (July 11, 2017). "Jimmy Gomez sworn into Congress". Los Angeles Times. (subscription required)

External links[edit]

California Assembly
Preceded by
Steven Bradford
Member of the California Assembly
from the 51st district

2012–2017
Vacant
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Xavier Becerra
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 34th congressional district

2017–present
Incumbent
Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Greg Gianforte
United States Representatives by seniority
432nd
Succeeded by
Karen Handel