Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Out Assemblyman Rich Gordon announces 2012 re-election bid

Openly gay Assemblyman Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park) made his re-election campaign official today (Thursday, January 19). He is one of three gay incumbents seeking re-election to the Legislature’s lower house this year.

“Over the last year, it has been an honor to represent the residents of the Peninsula. I am proud of what we have accomplished, in particular on issues regarding the environment and government efficiency. Yet there is still much more work to be done,’ stated Gordon in a press release sent to reporters.

The former San Mateo County supervisor is seeking election to the newly configured 24th Assembly District. The Peninsula seat covers Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Atherton, Woodside, Portola Valley, the San Mateo County Coast (El Granada to the San Cruz County Line), Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, and Sunnyvale.

Gordon is expected to easily recapture his seat, and in a move to deter any significant challengers from jumping into the race, he issued an impressive list of endorsers backing his re-election bid.

Local leaders supporting Gordon include Congresswomen Anna Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) and Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose), state Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), Assembly members Jim Beall (D-San Jose) and Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco), and openly gay Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager. The statewide LGBT lobbyist group Equality California and California Professional Firefighters have also given Gordon early backing.

His statement plugged the fact that Gordon was the most productive legislator in Sacramento last year, with 15 of his 19 bills signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. He currently chairs the Assembly’s Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation and serves on the Budget, Health, Local Government, Joint Sunset Review, and Revenue & Taxation committees. He also co-chairs the Bay Area Caucus and is a member of the Environmental Caucus and LGBT caucus, which he was named the chair of this week.

For more information about his campaign, visit

— Matthew S. Bajko, January 19, 2012 @ 12:12 pm PST
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