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Mike Gatto


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Date Party Office Votes Result
06-08-2010 Democratic AD-43 23178 Win
11-02-2010 Democratic AD-43 65350 Win
11-06-2012 Democratic AD-43 95673 Win
11-04-2014 Democratic AD-43 51971 Win

Candidate Biography:

Michael Anthony Gatto
Born: October 19, 1974 in Los Angeles, CA
Married: Danielle
Child: Elliana Vivienne, Evangelina Felicity and Joseph Michael "Jack"

1994: Intern, Kathleen Brown for Governor campaign
1994: Intern, John Garamendi for Governor campaign
1996: Primary Candidate for AD-46 (Lost; 23.3%)
1996: Area Coordinator, Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas
1999-2003: District Director, Congressman Brad Sherman
2000: Campaign Manager, Brad Sherman for Congress campaign
2000-2004: President, El Pueblo De Los Angeles Historical Monument Authority
2012: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
2016: Early Primary Candidate for SD-25 (Declined to Run)
2018: Early Primary Candidate for Treasurer (Withdrew)

  • PUBLISHED: Gatto is the author of Noir By Necessity: How My Father's Unsolved Murder Took Me to Dark Places (2024).
  • KNIGHTHOOD: Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus by the Royal House of Savoy in October 2021.
  • OUCH: During a rainstorm in early 2017, a boulder the size of a small car detached from a hillside near Gatto's home and came to rest in a dangerous location on a blind curve. When the City of Los Angeles declined to move the boulder from the street, Gatto attempted to “take it apart with a sledgehammer.” During the attempt, the boulder split and half of it fell on his foot.
  • QUOTABLE: "Thou shalt not speak ill of a bill in the corridors. You might turn a corner and find the author on the other side."
  • QUOTABLE: "I've answered every e-mail sent by my constituents. I've never taken an out-of-state junket. I've voted independently, just like my district and my heart tell me to ... All the while, I haven't missed a vote in 9,370 opportunities, a streak that we are told is the longest of any legislator in the nation."
  • QUOTABLE: “The worst kind of manipulators are those who create delays, and then invoke the late hour to urge an unwise move.”
  • QUOTABLE: "When an advocacy org[anization] blatantly misstates the text of a bill, it loses credibility with me for life. Your job is to read and advocate honestly."
  • QUOTABLE: Discussing the passage of AB 390 (2015), "Our action today was like insuring one bedroom while the whole house is on fire."
  • QUOTABLE: "One of the greatest life skills, one that leads to success, is the ability, after someone gives you advice, to pause and truly consider following it."

Source: California Legislature Handbook (2011-12)
Source: California Assembly Handbook (2015)