|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
December 3, 2012 – July 11, 2017
|Preceded by||Steven Bradford|
|Succeeded by||Wendy Carrillo|
|Born||November 25, 1974|
Fullerton, California, U.S.
|Residence(s)||Eagle Rock, Los Angeles|
|Education||University of California, Los Angeles (BA)|
Harvard University (MPP)
Jimmy Gomez (born November 25, 1974) is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative for California's 34th congressional district since 2017. His district includes Eagle Rock, Boyle Heights, Downtown Los Angeles, Koreatown, and other communities. A member of the Democratic Party, Gomez served in the California State Assembly from 2012 to 2017.
Before entering electoral politics, Gomez was a labor organizer, serving as the legislative and political director for the United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health-Care Professionals (UNAC/UHCP) and the political representative for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
Gomez serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, and is vice chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform. He is a founding member of the Medicare for All Caucus. He is also a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and the Congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus.
Born and raised in Southern California, Gomez is the son of working-class immigrant parents. His mother was a domestic worker and a nursing home laundry attendant. His father was a bracero (farm worker).
After graduating from high school, without any plans to attend college, Gomez worked at Subway and Target. He eventually attended Riverside Community College and earned his B.A. in political science with a minor in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles and his M.A. in public policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
A former labor organizer, Gomez worked for the United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (UNAC/UHCP) in 2009. He also served as the Political Representative for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
Gomez was a staffer for former U.S. Representative Hilda Solis. He was elected to the California State Assembly in 2012, and served there until his election to Congress.
"To see her son not only go to college, graduate, but then to run for public office and get elected ... it means a lot. It means that there's still a lot of opportunities for immigrants ... It means we're part of this larger American story", said Gomez.
Gomez was a member of the California State Assembly, representing the 51st district. He was first elected in 2012, and reelected in 2014 with over 83% of the vote. California's 51st Assembly district 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. Before being elected to the Assembly in 2012, he was the political director for the United Nurses Association of California, an affiliate of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.
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. Gomez received endorsements from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate leader Kevin de León, among others.
On April 4, 2017, Gomez came in first during the special election. Since he did not receive a majority of the vote, he faced fellow Democrat Robert Lee Ahn, the runner-up, in a special runoff election on June 6. Gomez won with 60% of the vote. He is only the third person to represent this district since its creation in 1963 (it was numbered as the 30th from 1963 to 1975, the 25th from 1975 to 1993, the 30th from 1993 to 2003, the 31st from 2003 to 2013, and has been the 34th since 2017). Ed Roybal won this district in 1963 and handed it to Becerra in 1993.
Gomez was challenged in the 2020 election by Macarthur Park Neighborhood Council board member and fellow Democrat David Kim. On November 3, Gomez defeated Kim in a closer than expected race, with 53% of the vote to Kim's 47%.
Gomez's term began on June 6, 2017. He was sworn into office on July 11, 2017.
On October 1, 2020, Gomez co-signed a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that condemned Azerbaijan’s offensive operations against the Armenian-populated enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, denounced Turkey’s role in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and called for an immediate ceasefire.
In November 2020, Gomez was named a candidate for United States Trade Representative in the Biden administration.
In January 2021, Gomez introduced legislation to expel Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene from the House.
After Greene heckled President Biden at his State of the Union address on March 2, 2022, Gomez once again introduced a resolution of expulsion, but added Representative Lauren Boebert, who had joined her in the heckling. Gomez also spoke about the "triggering" feeling he experienced after he returned to the Congressional Gallery for the first time since right-wing insurrectionists had attacked those chambers in an attempt to halt the counting of electoral votes on January 6, 2021.
Gomez is a member of several dozen caucuses. A full list is available at his website.
See also: 2014 California State Assembly election
|Democratic||Jimmy Gomez (incumbent)||20,621||99.7|
|Republican||Stephen C. Smith (write-in)||54||0.3|
|Democratic||Jimmy Gomez (incumbent)||42,261||83.6|
|Republican||Stephen C. Smith||8,277||16.4|
See also: 2016 California State Assembly election
|Democratic||Jimmy Gomez (incumbent)||62,366||100.0|
|Libertarian||Mike Everling (write-in)||7||0.0|
|Democratic||Jimmy Gomez (incumbent)||110,036||86.1|
|Democratic||Robert Lee Ahn||17,610||40.8%|
|Democratic||Jimmy Gomez (incumbent)||54,661||78.7|
|Libertarian||Angela Elise McArdle||5,804||8.4|
|Democratic||Jimmy Gomez (incumbent)||110,195||72.5|
New York Times Results
|Democratic||Jimmy Gomez (incumbent)||57,066||52.0|
|Democratic||Frances Yasmeen Motiwalla||14,961||13.6|
|Republican||Joanne L. Wright||8,482||7.7|
|Democratic||Jimmy Gomez (incumbent)||108,792||53.0|
Gomez is married to Mary Hodge, an aide to Eric Garcetti. They live in Eagle Rock, California.
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