Gilbert A. Cedillo
Born: March 25, 1954 in Barstow, CA
Married: Ruby Oliva Cedillo (d. 2002)
Child: Gil Jr. (District Coordinator for Senator Ronald S. Calderon, 2006-2010s)
1982-1983: Field Representative, Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley
1991-1996: General Manager, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 660
1988: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
1996: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
2008-2010: Chair, California Latino Legislative Caucus
2009: Special Primary Election Candidate for CD-32 (Lost; 23.4%)
2013-2022: Member, Los Angeles City Council
2016: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
- LEGISLATION: Author of SB 60 (2003), which allowed the issuance of drivers licenses to illegal immigrants. The law was repealed four months later by SBX3 1 (Oller).
- LEGISLATION: Author of AB 130 and AB 131 (2011), also known as the California DREAM Act, which permits college students without legal immigration status ("AB 540 students" to compete for public and private financial assistance and scholarships at California public colleges and universities.
- YOUNG LEGISLATORS: From 2007-2012, Cedillo organized an annual "Young Legislators Program", which brought up to 60 students to Sacramento for an orientation and mock Senate hearing. The students were required to complete 30 hours of community service in order to participate. Similar programs were run by Senators Alarcon (1999-2008) and Correa (2008-2016).
- On October 9, 2022, an audio recording of an October 2021 conversation between Los Angeles Labor Federation President Ron Herrera and Los Angeles Councilmembers Nury Martinez, Kevin de León, and Gil Cedillo was leaked. In the recorded conversation, a fellow councilmember's two-year-old Black son was called "a little monkey" and Martinez said that she wanted to give him a "beat-down." On October 10th, there were calls for the four to resign their positions by the California Democratic Party Statewide Officers, Sierra Club, Los Angeles Times, SEIU California, California NAACP, as well as the state legislative Black, LGTBQ, Jewish, AAPI, Latino, and Women’s caucuses. Herrera resigned as Labor Federation President on October 10th. Martinez resigned as President of the City Council on October 10th (but retained her position as a Councilmember). Also on the 11th, President Joe Biden called for the resignation of everyone involved in the recorded conversation. On October 12th, Martinez resigned from the council.
Source: California Blue Book (2000)
Source: California Legislature Handbook (2011-12)
Source: "Assemblyman Gil Cedillo to run for Los Angeles City Council" by Torey Van Oot, Sacramento Bee CapitolAlert (11/14/2011) [LINK]