As other potential candidates have been weighing whether to jump in to the race to replace Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles), L.A. Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez has been busy rolling out endorsements from state and national Latino leaders.
Five members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus have endorsed Gomez so far: Reps. Grace Napolitano (D-Norwalk), Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands), Juan Vargas (D-San Diego), Filemon Vega of Texas and Arizona's Ruben Gallego.
Gomez already has support from state Senate leader Kevin de León of Los Angeles, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon of Paramount and L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis.
He also scored the backing of outgoing state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, who will be sworn in as U.S. senator next month.
On Wednesday, Gomez also announced the endorsement of L.A. City Councilman Gil Cedillo, who had previously considered running for the seat himself.
"This is not a training job," Cedillo said at a press conference in Macarthur Park Wednesday. "This is a job where people...will be in the moment of crisis, whose voices must be heard, whose leadership must be demonstrated."