Local Government

Cisneros and Kim Face off in District 39 Congressional Race

Incumbent Gil Cisneros (D) and Young Kim (R) are running against each other in the general election for California’s 39th Congressional District on November 3. The 39th Congressional district includes parts of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties, and includes Fullerton, La Habra, La Habra Heights, Brea, Buena Park, Anaheim Hills, Placentia, Yorba Linda, Diamond Bar, Chino Hills, Hacienda Heights, and Rowland Heights.

The 39th Congressional District.

About Gil Cisneros

Prior to serving in congress, Cisneros served in the United States Navy for 11 years. In 2010, he won a Mega Millions jackpot worth $266 million. He and his wife became philanthropists, establishing scholarships and programs for underserved students.

Cisneros was first elected to Congress in 2018, when he defeated Kim for the seat vacated by 13-term Republican incumbent Ed Royce.

He is on the House Committee on Armed Services and Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and has sponsored a number of bills dealing with veterans services.

Gil Cisneros.

About Young Kim

Young Kim was born in South Korea. She and her family moved to the United States in 1975. She worked as a financial analyst for First Interstate Bank and then as a controller for JK Sportswear Manufacturing. Kim also started her own business in the ladieswear field.

Kim worked for former Congressman Ed Royce for 21 years as his community liaison and director of Asian affairs.

She was elected to the California State Assembly in 2014, defeating Democratic Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva. In 2016, in turn, Quirk-Silva defeated Kim in a re-match.

Young Kim.

Cisneros’ Voting Record

Though Cisneros has only been in office since 2019, it has certainly been an eventful year and a half. Though many of the bills he voted for passed in the Democrat-Majority House of Representatives, they either were not voted on or failed in the Republican-Majority Senate.

Nonetheless, his votes on these bills give a sense of his priorities and values. Here are some of the key bills he voted for. This information was obtained on the helpful web site www.votesmart.org.

Health care. Cisneros voted to enhance the Affordable Care Act, he voted for the CARES Act, and he voted for a bill to lower prescription drug costs.

Environment. Cisneros voted for the Climate Action Now Act, which requires the President to take environment policy actions previously committed to under the Paris Climate Agreement. He voted for the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act, which establishes the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund. He voted for the PFAS (Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances) Action Act.

Criminal justice. He voted for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which prohibits discriminatory policing practices, requires increased accountability for law enforcement misconduct, and increased transparency and data collection.

Economy. Cisneros voted for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Health Care Enhancement Act in response to COVID-19.

Civil rights. He voted for the Equality Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in areas such as education, employment, and housing. He voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, and he voted for the Paycheck Fairness Act, which requires that men and women receive equal pay for equal work. (This one has stalled in the Senate).

Immigration. He voted for the Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody Act, which requires the imposition of health and hygiene standards relating to the care of undocumented immigrants in US Customs and Border Protection custody.

He voted to impeach Donald Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.

Kim’s Voting Record

Though she has not served in Congress, Young Kim, too, has a voting record, as she has previously served in the California State Assembly.

Her voting record in the State Assembly is more notable for her “no” votes on a number of key Assembly bills than her “yes” votes. Here are some of the key bill she voted “no” on.

High-Speed Rail Project. Kim voted against funding for the project.

Environment. She voted against Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emission Levels (SB 859), against Prohibiting Orca Captivity and Breeding (SB 839), against AB 96, which Prohibits Sale of Ivory and Rhino Horn, against Establishing Renewable Energy Production Targets (SB 350), and against AB 2002, which requires Coastal Commission Members to Disclose Private Meetings.

Jobs. Kim voted against Increasing the Minimum Wage (SB 3), and against Requiring Overtime Pay for Farmworkers (AB 1066).

Criminal justice. She voted against Authorizing Early Release for Certain Prisoners in Solitary Confinement (SB 759), against Expanding Voting Rights for Certain Convicted Felons (AB 2466), and against Exempting Minors from Prostitution Charges (SB 1322).

Gun Control. Kim voted against numerous gun control bills, such as SB 1235, which Requires Background Checks to Buy Ammunition, against Prohibiting the Possession of High-Capacity Gun Magazines (SB 1446), and against Prohibiting Concealed Firearms on School Grounds (SB 707).

Sex Education. She voted against Comprehensive Sex Education (AB 329).

Kim didn’t vote “no” on everything. She sponsored a bill to establish May 26 as John Wayne Day (ACR 137), but it did not pass.

She voted “yes” on AB 1732, which Requires Single User Restrooms to be Gender Neutral, “yes” on AB 718, which Authorizes Sleeping in Vehicles, and “yes” on SB 1069, which Amends Requirements for Accessory Dwelling Units.

Campaign Contributions

In addition to looking at their voting records and backgrounds, it’s also instructive to look at campaign finance data for candidates. The official repository for campaign finance data is the Federal Elections Commission (FEC).

Individual contributions to individual candidate committees are capped at $2,800 per election. However, individuals are allowed to donate significantly higher amounts to Political Action Committees (PACs) and political party committees, which may then dole out larger amounts to both directly and indirectly benefit candidates.

As a result of this, it can be difficult to draw a straight line between large individual contributors and candidates.

Gil Cisneros Campaign Finance

According to FEC filings, as of 6/30/20, Cisneros has raised $2.6 million.

His top contributors ($10,000 and above) are as follows. Click on political action committees to learn more about who funds them:

Second Service Victory Fund (PAC): $46,065

Hold the House Victory Fund (PAC): $32,980

UA Union Plumbers & Pipefitters (PAC): $10,000

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC): $21,000

American Crystal Sugar Company (PAC): $10,000

NEA Fund for Children and Public Education: $10,000

Brady PAC: $10,000

California Candidates Victory Fund: $44,717

Bold Democrats III (PAC): $11,137

Schiff Hold the House 2020 (PAC): $28,781

PAC to the Future: $20,000

Screen Strategies Media: $47,973

Ameripac—The Fund for a Greater America (PAC): $10,000

International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (PAC): $10,000

United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners (PAC): $10,000

Lofgren Victory Fund (PAC): $10,479

End Citizens United (PAC): $15,000

Groundworks Campaigns, Inc: $10,390

CHC Bold PAC: $10,000

To view Cisneros’ campaign contributions on the FEC web site, click HERE.

Young Kim’s Campaign Contributions

According to FEC filings, as of 6/30/20, Kim has raised $3.1 million.

Her top contributors ($10,000 and above) are as follows. Click on political action committees to learn more about them and who funds them:

WINRED (PAC): $875,223

GOP Winning Women (PAC): $36,119

Take Back the House 2020 (PAC): $24,027

Winning for Women, Inc. (PAC): $30,311

Eureka Political Action Committee: $10,000

Road to Freedom PAC: $10,000

Majority Committee PAC: $10,000

To view Kim’s campaign contributions on the FEC web site, click HERE.

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8 replies »

  1. It appears that Young Kim doesn’t support protecting the environment, workers rights,
    or equal pay for women. Who is she working for? Certainly not the people.

  2. WINRED is her main source of PAC money, almost a million dollars. It’s the GOP PAC run by the tRump wing of the Republican party. Anything else you need to know?

  3. Cisneros is a lock-step liberal who votes the party line and is supported by the partisan unions. Is there anything else you need to know?

    • Cisneros is a man of integrity and votes for what is good for the constituents of the 39th Congressional District and ALL Americans. If it is along party lines well then which party is trying to do what is right for Americans.

  4. I will vote for anybody who will derail our runaway train. Jerry Brown’s vanity project has wasted $80 billion when our state is facing a $54 billion shortfall this year. Kim understands this and is trying to get this albatross off our necks.

  5. I will share m experience with both. Congressman Cisneros predecessor was absent in or community of Hacienda Heights, no town halls, no community outreach. Kim worked for him, has not shown any interest in our community. The only time she shows up is when there is a photo opportunity.

    The question is.. do you want someone that will be present in the community they represent or just show up for the pictures?

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