Paul Cook

L.A.'s new Democratic congressman has been in the majority his whole career. Now he's going to Washington

L.A.'s new Democratic congressman has been in the majority his whole career. Now he's going to Washington

In his six years in the state Assembly, Jimmy Gomez wrote legislation that expanded California’s landmark family leave law, served as Democratic whip and chaired the powerful appropriations committee.

Gomez has spent his entire political career as a member of the majority party. When he’s sworn in as central and northeast Los Angeles’ newest member of Congress in July, he’ll be the most junior Democrat — 194th out of 194 — in Congress.

“A lot of people think I’m crazy, you know, leaving a Democratic supermajority state to go to the superminority in Congress. They say, ‘Why are you doing that?’ Gomez said at his primary campaign kickoff in Eagle Rock in...

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