California Congressional District 34
Jimmy Gomez was born and raised in Southern California as the youngest of six children. His parents and four of his siblings immigrated to California from Mexico in the early 1970’s. They brought with them a strong sense of family and a strong work ethic. To make ends meet, Jimmy’s 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 working from 5pm to 9am. After months of working both jobs, and with the memory of his parent’s struggle to make ends meet, he understood the need for a good job with benefits, and most importantly a quality education.
With this newfound clarity, he enrolled in community college and ultimately transferred to UCLA, where he graduated magna cum laude and later earned a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Prior to serving in the State Assembly, Jimmy served as Political Director of the United Nurses Association of California after working for over a decade in local, state and national politics.
Now Jimmy is running for Congress for the same reason that he ran for the State Assembly in 2012: to do the most good for the most people. Jimmy has alway believed in running towards the fight, not away from it.