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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 39

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Gil Cisneros

Education/Veterans Advocate
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Working to reduce healthcare costs and protect people with preexisting medical conditions by taking on Big Pharma and insurance companies.
  • Passing bipartisan bills to reduce the influence of corporate lobbyists
  • Getting bipartisan results to expand benefits for veterans, including writing and cosponsoring bills to increase access to housing and healthcare, and extending benefits to veterans exposed to Agent Orange.

Experience

Biography

Gil Cisneros is a Democrat representing California’s 39th Congressional district in the United States House of Representatives to ensure our children are provided with the same ladder of opportunity that the Navy provided him. Gil is not a career politician, he is a veteran and education advocate, who has the courage to stand up to the insurance and pharmaceutical industries to lower healthcare costs, protect education funding, and work to create good-paying local jobs. He serves on the House Armed Services and Veteran’s Affairs Committees.

The son of a public school cafeteria worker and a Vietnam veteran, Gil attended college on a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (R.O.T.C.) scholarship, and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from The George Washington University. Gil also holds an MBA from Regis University and M.A. in Urban Education Policy from Brown. As the first in his family to graduate from college, Gil will fight Republican attempts to cut education funding and Pell Grants, tools that empower not just students, but entire communities.

Gil knows firsthand the challenges families face when they are unable to afford healthcare. Gil’s own father suffered health problems from exposure to Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam, and lost his health insurance. In Congress, Gil will stand up to Donald Trump and Republicans to protect healthcare as a right for all Californians.

Through ten years of service to our country as a U.S. Naval Officer, Gil was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, the National Defense Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for his exemplary service to his country.

Gil is the Veterans, Education Advocate and co-founder of The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation, an organization committed to strengthening public schools, and creating college opportunities for students and veterans.  He also serves on the advisory board of Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative for college access.

Gil’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 household in the city. Gil has worked to strengthen schools, and promote access to quality education by supporting Yellow Ribbon programs for Veterans, establishing scholarships, and creating an endowment for the dependents of former Navy Supply Corps personnel, so that tuition costs are never a barrier to educational opportunities.

Gil serves as Secretary of the Latino Donor Collaborative, and a board member of The Wooden Floor, a non-profit dance studio based in Santa Ana, California. He is a member of the Southern California Advisory Council for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, a member of the Advisory Council for the Dean of Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at The George Washington University, a member of the Brown University Diversity Council, and previously served on the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for The Kennedy Center under President Obama.

Now the parents of twin boys, Gil and Jacki remain committed to expanding educational opportunities for Southern California youth.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $1,429,524

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

1
PAC To The Future
$20,000
2
Gil Cisneros
$19,740
3
Ameripac: The Fund for a Greater America
$15,000
4
End Citizens United
$10,000
4
International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers
$10,000
4
International Union of Operating Engineers
$10,000
4
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
$10,000
4
VoteVets
$10,000

More information about contributions

By State:

California 53.32%
District of Columbia 20.63%
New York 4.12%
Maryland 3.87%
Other 18.05%
53.32%20.63%18.05%

By Size:

Large contributions (91.05%)
Small contributions (8.95%)
91.05%8.95%

By Type:

From organizations (37.78%)
From individuals (62.22%)
37.78%62.22%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

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