Jimmy Gomez was elected in November of 2012 to represent California’s 51st Assembly District, which includes East Los Angeles and the neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Lincoln Heights, Highland Park, El Sereno, Echo Park, Cypress Park, Filipino Town, Chinatown, Montecito Heights, El Pueblo, Eagle Rock, Elysian Valley, Mt. Washington, Atwater Village, and Silver Lake.
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 1970s. 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.
After graduating from high school, Jimmy found work where he could – at a fast-food restaurant and a local superstore. But instead of working a 9am to 5pm schedule, he worked from 5pm to 9am the next day. After several months of working both jobs, and with the memory of his parents’ struggle to make ends meet...something just clicked! He now clearly understood the need of a good job with benefits, and most importantly a quality education.
With this newfound clarity, Jimmy enrolled in community college and ultimately transferred to UCLA, where he graduated magna cum laude and received a BA in Political Science with a minor in urban planning. Ten years after graduating from high school, he earned a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Gomez recognizes that his story today, although not unique, is a lot harder to achieve and out of reach for far too many people because of the struggling economy and the state budget deficit. He believes this is unacceptable and our families deserve better.
To help rebuild California, Gomez will fight to increase access to quality education and good jobs by providing leadership based on working class values, pragmatic problem solving skills and a dedication to the empowerment of individuals and communities.
As a Director for the United Nurses Associations of California, Gomez empowered nurses to better advocate for their patients through the legislative process and community service. He helped pass legislation to facilitate graduation of community college nursing and allied health students, and established a partnership with a community non-profit to promote healthy living for inner-city children.
Gomez’s previous work experience includes the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the National League of Cities, the Democratic National Committee, the office of former L.A. City Councilman Michael Feuer, and the office of former Congresswoman Hilda Solis.
Gomez lives in Echo Park with his wife Mary, and dog Austin.