Gilbert Cedillo has proven himself a champion for the working poor and a public servant who brings people together to make strong public policy. In May, 2013, Gil Cedillo was elected to the Los Angeles Council, First District. He brings 14 years of legislative experience to the City Council having served in the California State Assembly and the State Senate.
Councilmember Gil Cedillo was elected with a broad coalition, which included both labor and business, representing his ability in bringing people together to solve problems. He has found a balance crafting public policy with his underlying message that progressive politics is good for business. He is also inspired by solid support from residents representing the rich ethnic diversity of the First District.
During his 14 years in the State Legislature, Councilmember Cedillo authored over a hundred bills that were signed into California law by four different Governors that include Pete Wilson, Gray Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jerry Brown. Most were innovative pieces of legislation that included California’s brownfields, state oversight and fair share zoning for 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 long running legislation to grant drivers’ licenses to undocumented immigrants was finally signed by Governor Brown on October 3, 2013, nine months after he was termed out of state office. The bill signing was held at Los Angeles City Hall with Governor Brown, Mayor Garcetti, and newly elected Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo.
Councilmember Cedillo’s advocacy on behalf of underserved communities is legendary. His causes have ranged from becoming a formidable counterweight to Proposition 187 and Pete Wilson’s inhumane crusade against undocumented families, to his unwavering support for Filipino American World War II veterans, the uninsured, low-income and working families, the homeless, and most recently, AB 540 “dream” students. He has worked diligently to mainstream all of their agendas, one community at a time.
Councilmember Cedillo chairs the Housing Committee, where he continues to advocate for equity for all residents. He promotes an increase in our housing stock and believes in smart growth to help revitalize our neighborhoods and to create jobs. He consistently endorses and champions Los Angeles as a leading global city.
Councilmember Cedillo grew up in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles and attended Roosevelt High School. He graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology in 1977 and received a Juris Doctor degree from the Peoples College of Law in 1983. Prior to his public service, he worked for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Los Angeles County’s largest union, where he served as general manager from 1990 to 1996. He has a son and two lovely granddaughters.