Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo received an endorsement from United States Representative Judy Chu for his re-election campaign. Chu represents California’s 28th District, which includes Pasadena and the west San Gabriel Valley of Southern California.
Chu has had a long and influential career in politics. She currently serves on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over legislation pertaining to taxes, revenues, Social Security, and Medicare.
“Victor Gordo has proven himself as a compassionate, effective and visionary leader for the City of Pasadena,” Chu said in a statement she released late last week. “A longtime champion for working families, Victor has worked hard to raise wages and build a strong middle class economy. His track record combined with his forward-thinking approach to governing are just a few of the reasons why Victor should be re-elected as Mayor. I am pleased to endorse Victor Gordo for Mayor of Pasadena.”
Gordo has also received endorsements from U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, Pasadena Firefighters Local 809, California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, Los Angeles County Assessor Jeff Prang, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark Gonzalez, and former Mayor of Pasadena Bill Bogaard.
Gordo was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States with his parents as a young child. He grew up in Pasadena and attended Pasadena public schools. He worked at Ranchero’s Mexican Restaurant and delivered the Pasadena Star-News newspaper before attending college at Pasadena City College and Azusa Pacific University. He later graduated from law school with honors one year ahead of his class, and passed the California Bar Exam on his first attempt.
Gordo is a labor leader who has served as president of the Rose Bowl Operating Company, and as a Pasadena City Councilmember for almost 19 years.