Meet Gil Cedillo
When Gilbert Cedillo won a seat representing the 46th District in the California State Assembly in a special election in 1998, he committed himself to champion the working poor. Elected to the State Senate in 2002 and recently elected to the 45th District in 2010, Assemblymember Gil Cedillo has found a balance with his underlying message that progressive politics is good for business. This bold new conclusion that "what is good for the people is good for business" allows Gil to work with small business leaders, workers, community leaders and residents to find solutions that benefit everyone.
He understands that unless there is net creation of wealth, there will not be much to share. And sharing he does. His Cedillo-Alarcon bill pumped $50 million into infrastructure funds for community clinics serving the uninsured, low-income, mostly undocumented patients.
He has authored close to a hundred bills that were signed and chaptered into California law by four different Governors, namely: Pete Wilson, Gray Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown. Most were groundbreaking legislation that covered California’s Brownfields, state oversight and fair share zoning for city transitional and emergency homeless shelters (SB 2), workers’ right to organize (AB 1889), downtown rebound (AB 2870) and more recently, the groundbreaking California Dream Act (AB 130 and 131).
Cedillo’s advocacy on behalf of marginalized communities is legendary. He has become the voice for society’s least, last and lost. His causes have ranged from becoming a formidable counterweight to Proposition 187 and Pete Wilson’s inhumane crusade against undocumented families, up to his unwavering support for Filipino American World War II veterans, the uninsured, low-income families, the homeless and most recently, AB 540 or the “dream students”. He was also crucial in the establishment of the Korean-American Museum and Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles. He is determined to mainstream all of their marginalized agendas, one community at a time.
First elected 14 years ago in the Assembly, Cedillo has remained first and foremost, a public servant. He contends that the “Immigrant agenda is an American agenda”. Until we successfully integrate all including those who unjustly remain in the shadows of mainstream society, America will never live up to its promise and its history.
Gil Cedillo represents a new leadership that places commitment before ambition, community before self and people before politics.