Gil cisneros Biography, Age, Net worth, Family, Wife, Children, Education, Foundation, Scholarship

Gil cisneros Biography

Gil Cisneros is an American philanthropist, veterans and politician born on 12th February 1971 in Los Angeles, California, United States. He is serving as the U.S. Representative for California’s 39th congressional district. He is a member of the Democratic party, he was elected to the house in 2018. He and his wife won the Mega lottery jackpot of $266 million.

Gil Cisneros Age

Gil Cisneros is 47 years old as of 2019.

Gil Cisneros Net worth

Gil Cisneros has an estimated net worth of $2.4 billion.

Gil Cisneros Family

Gil Cisneros father served in the vietnam war and he ended up suffering from a deadly disease, and his mother worked in a cafeteria.

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Gil Cisneros Wife

Gil Cisneros married his wife Jacki Cisneros. They both live in Pico Rivera but later they moved to Yorba Linda in 2017. The couples have two children. He and his wife won the Mega lottery jackpot of $266 million. Jacki is the vice president of the Jacki Cisneros Foundation.

Gil Cisneros Children

Gil Cisneros have two children who are twins.

Gil Cisneros Education

Gil Cisneros attended George Washington University where he did bachelor of Arts in political science and he uplifted his education by doing Masters of Business Administration from Regis University. He and his wife became philanthropists, by establishing endowments for scholarships to be given to Latino students at George Washington University and Southern University of California. The two founded Generation First Degree Pico Rivera, with the goal of ensuring every Latino household in Pico Rivera has at least one college graduate, and the Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros Foundation with an initial investment of $20 million to provide mentorship in education. He also attended Brown University, where he got his Masters degree of Arts in Urban Education Policy.

Gil Cisneros Congressional Campaign

Gil Cisneros was a republican at first until 2008 but he left the party and switched to Democratic party. In 2017 he announced his candidancy against Ed Royce in 2018 election for the U.S House of Representative to represent California’s 39th congressional district. He cited Royce’s vote inorder to repeal the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. On January 2018, Royce announced he retirement rather than to seek for a re-election in the 14th term.

The election attracted national attention as the “weirdest race in the country” after the California Democratic Party and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee brokered a truce on negative campaigning between Cisneros and Andy Thorburn, who had each spent $6 million on their respective campaigns. Fears of a lockout by either party were not realized when Cisneros advanced to the November runoff election, finishing second in the June primary election to Republican former Assemblywoman Young Kim, with 19.35% of the vote. This election was rated a “Toss-up” by the Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball.The Associated Press called the election for Cisneros on November 17.

Gil Cisneros Foundation

On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, the Cisneros Foundation was honored to take part in the 5th annual College Signing Day, hosted by Former First Lady Michelle Obama as part of her Reach Higher initiative at the Temple’s Liacouras Center, in Philadelphia. Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros joined 18 Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute scholars to celebrate thousands of Class of 2018 high school students make a promise to higher education. Nationwide, 600,000 students were registered to participate, with events happening in 2,000 locations, including Jacki Cisneros’ Los Angeles-based organization, Generation 1st Degree-Pico Rivera at El Rancho High School, in Pico Rivera, California. Former first lady Michelle Obama poses with Cisneros Scholars at College Signing Day.

“I’m grateful that through Cisneros Foundation partnerships, we can provide inspiring and life-changing experiences to Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute scholars, such as College Signing Day and meeting Mrs. Obama,” said Jacki Cisneros, President of the Cisneros Foundation and Generation 1st-Degree-Pico Rivera. “Gilbert and I have dedicated the last several years to creating programs and opportunities for our hometown Pico Rivera students to reach higher, and it’s very rewarding to see our students thriving at their colleges, and our current senior high school class at El Rancho High School where we host Generation 1st-Degree programs committing to higher education. Congratulations Class of 2018!” Among the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute scholars was Karen Lopez, a Generation 1st-Degree alumni and Better Make Room intern. In 2016, Karen was invited to attend the former First Lady’s Reach for the Top: Beating The Odds summit at the White House, and listen to Mrs. Obama speak.

At this year’s College Signing Day, Karen had the opportunity to meet Mrs. Obama during the event, and be in the same room with celebrities including Bradley Cooper, Rebel Wilson, Zendaya, Robert De Niro, Camila Cabello, Questlove, Anthony Mackie and Janelle Monae. Former first lady Michelle Obama hugs Karen Lopez at College Signing Day. (Photo: Chuck Kennedy) “Meeting Mrs. Obama was heartwarming and an experience I never imagined could happen,” said Lopez. “Her words are always inspiring, and they reminded me to continue to set the bar high for myself and to encourage my peers to do the same. I’m grateful for my experience with Generation 1st Degree, the support of the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute and the opportunity to intern with Better Make Room. All of these experiences have encouraged me to strive harder. If it weren’t for this support system, I know I wouldn’t have challenged myself to go to college out of state, which has provided me with the most valuable experiences. As a first-generation student, I’m speechless when I think about how far I’ve come from Pico Rivera.”

Gilbert and Jackie Cisneros are the founders of The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation and Generation First Degree-Pico Rivera, both organizations that are committed to improving the level of Hispanic education in the country. George Washington University alumnus Gilbert Cisneros, BA’ 94, and his wife, Jacki, also established the George Washington University Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute to help qualified students attain academic success, build leadership skills, and engage in a long-term commitment to making a difference within the Hispanic community. In 2017, the Cisneros’ were inaugurated into the Better Make Room Advisory Board, chaired by Mrs. Obama. Board members consist of educational luminaries and leaders who share best practices and ideas for improving college access and completion rates for underserved children.

The Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros Foundation, which seeks to create a culture among Hispanic communities where going to college is more than just a possibility but a concrete expectation with the support mechanisms to make it all happen, today announced that is has donated $10,000 to Achievement Institute of Scientific Studies (AISS). A nonprofit based in Santa Ana, Calif., AISS’ mission is to guide high-achieving and potential economically disadvantaged high school students interested in pursing an university education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. “Gilbert and I are committed to ensuring that first-generation or economically disadvantage high school students are given the resources and opportunities to pursue their dream of attending college,” said Jacki Cisneros, President, Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros Foundation. “As residents of Orange County, we see the value of supporting organizations, such as AISS, which directly helps students right in our own county. We look forward to seeing the accomplishments that these scholars achieve.”

AISS’s program has been successful because it requires all scholars to develop an educational business plan before they start their senior year of high school. AISS scholars give up two of their summers to invest in their futures and that of their families. Scholars earn up to $500 a year to use towards developing and implementing their plans. These college prep expenses include, college application fees (students are required to apply to 10 universities), SAT/ACT and AP fees, advanced math and science supplies, and deposits for dorms. The Cisneros Foundation’s donation will go towards helping to underwrite these costs. “On behalf of AISS, I would like to thank the Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros Foundation for their support of AISS and for helping to change the lives of our hard working scholars,” said Debbie Wells, Executive Director, Achievement Institute of Scientific Studies.

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He’s one of eight Latino candidates running in the more than 100 House races that Democrats have targeted in this year’s elections, including nine in California. The others are Mike Levin and Ammar Campa-Najjar, in California Congressional Districts 49 and 50; Debbie Murcasel-Powell in Florida 26; Xochitl Torres Small in New Mexico 2; Antonio Delgado in New York 19; Randy Bryce in Wisconsin 1; and Richard Ojeda in West Virginia 3. Gil Cisneros in Santa Ana, California in January 2018.Gil Cisneros in Santa Ana, California in January 2018.Angel De Leon / Gil Cisneros for Congress campaign via AP
As luck would have it, Morales’ parents pulled up as Morales was closing the door, giving Cisneros a chance to connect with a couple more voters.

Cisneros knows he’s caught a few breaks that have made life much easier for him, including winning the California lottery eight years ago. But in his campaign for the state’s competitive 39th Congressional District — made up of Orange County, part of East Los Angeles County and a piece of San Bernadino County — he says he’s trying to show voters that he’s more than a lucky lottery winner. “The question I get more than anything else is: ‘Why are you doing this? You don’t need to do this,’” Cisneros told NBC News. He said his answer is simple. “It goes back to service. I didn’t have to run for Congress. We had a tremendous amount of luck and good fortune,” he said referring to him and his wife, Jackie, “and we used that in a way that we could give back and create opportunity for others through education, the same way I received that opportunity.”

In 2010, weeks after leaving his job as a shipping and manufacturing manager at Frito-Lay, Cisneros stopped for Hawaiian barbecue takeout. That’s when he picked what turned out to be the winning numbers for a $266 million-dollar lottery prize. He opted for a lump sum payout of $165 million, minus taxes. With some of that money, he and his wife formed a foundation and endowed scholarships for Hispanic students at their alma maters, George Washington University and the University of Southern California. They helped fund a leadership institute at GW and partnered with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the predominantly Hispanic city of Pico Rivera to create Generation 1st Degree Pico Rivera. Its goal is to put a college degree in every household.There are about 17,000 households in Pico Rivera and about 12 percent of its residents ages 25 and older had a bachelor’s degree or higher from 2012 to 2016, according to the Census.

The Cisneros’ foundation also has supported veterans programs, including helping to renovate the Bob Hope USO Center at the Los Angeles International Airport. Cisneros is running against Republican Young Kim, a Korean-American former state legislator. In a television ad, Kim said Cisneros doesn’t understand California’s high cost of living, because “he hit a jackpot,” according to a transcript. There hasn’t been a Korean American in Congress since 1999. Come November, there could be 4. But Cisneros supporters like Felicitas Loera, 63, who canvassed for votes for him last week in the Hacienda Heights neighborhood said Cisneros’ lottery win was “lucky for California.” “What he did with part of the lottery winnings, helping out kids and going for the veterans. He didn’t have to do that,” Loera said. “A lot of people would have gone on vacation.” In the competitive congressional race against Kim, Cisneros refuted allegations from a woman who accused him of inappropriate behavior, which Cisneros and several witnesses denied. On Monday, the woman, Melissa Fazli, tweeted that she had met with Cisneros and it had been a “HUGE” misunderstanding. She said a conservative political action committee running ads against Cisneros had “weaponized” her story and asked them on Twitter to “immediately take down your vile ads.”

Cisneros grew up in Torrance, California, part of a multi-generational Mexican-American family. His grandfathers were World War II veterans and his father a Vietnam veteran. After the military, Cisneros’ father worked at an aluminum can manufacturing plant. His mother, who never finished high school, was a homemaker and at times worked various jobs, including as a middle-school cafeteria worker. Cisneros said he didn’t have money to attend college, so he saw the military as the way to advance. He met a Navy chief petty officer recruiter who encouraged him to apply for a program designed to get more people of color into the Navy’s officers’ ranks. Cisneros said that even though he was a good student, he didn’t have a network of counselors or mentors to point to opportunities and how to use them. The Navy program helped prep Cisneros for college; he used a Navy ROTC scholarship to attend George Washington, where he earned his bachelor’s in political science. He served 10 years in the Navy, including in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Shield, reaching the rank of lieutenant commander. The Navy program “changed my life. It really gave me an opportunity through education I didn’t know existed before,” he said, emphasizing why access to educational opportunities is one of his campaign issues.

Cisneros later earned an MBA from Regis University in Denver and, after winning the lottery, a master’s in urban education policy from Brown. About half of the 39 Congressional District’s Latinos were eligible to vote in 2016, according to Pew Research Center. Latinos and Asians in the district are nearly half of the voters, according to Political Data Inc. Trump says San Diego’s border barrier works, but it pushes migrants to more dangerous areas.  While Latinos are more likely to vote Democrat, the district includes conservative areas of Orange County and its Asian voters split their vote in 2016, favoring Hillary Clinton for president but backing down-ballot Republicans. Political consultant Mike Madrid, who has worked on campaigns for candidates of both parties but mostly for Republicans, said Asian voters are the GOP’s “new gamble” in California. In Texas, Beto O’Rourke’s rise fuels hope for Latino Democrats. Republicans, said Madrid, have run into trouble with a tough stance on immigration in a district where 35 percent of the population is foreign-born and the Trump administration attempts to cut legal and family-based immigration are a concern.

“As long as that exists, there’s never going to be any meaningful inroads into any minority group,” Madrid said. Still, Madrid said it is a midterm election and historical turnout in nonpresidential elections favors Republicans. He also said the white Republican female voters might have a bigger impact on the race’s outcome. “I think most of those seats are safe for this cycle,” he said. There hasn’t been a Korean American in Congress since 1999 and some voters may want to change that by supporting Kim. But the 39th district’s Asian population is diverse, with people of Chinese descent being the larger subgroup. “It would be a stretch to think the ethnic voting is going to be so lockstep for her,” said Paul Mitchell, vice president at Political Data. According to the California Health Care Foundation, 16 percent of Californians were uninsured in 2013. After the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, the uninsured fell to 9 percent, about 2.9 million people. More than half of those who are uninsured are Latino. After the primary, Cisneros said a young mother reached out to him and told him she had spent about a half million dollars on her 8-year-old daughter’s multiple heart surgeries for her congenital heart defect.

“How are they going to pay for that?” Cisneros said. Voters know that “Republicans … want to get rid of the protection for pre-existing conditions, that they voted numerous times to get rid of the Affordable Care Act.” Cisneros said his own family struggled with having access to health care. His father was exposed to Agent Orange, the defoliant used in the Vietnam War and developed diabetes later in life. But at that time he had been laid off from work and lost his health insurance. He was rejected on his first attempt to get coverage through Veterans Affairs, leaving him and Cisneros’ mother without health insurance. They could not afford to buy other insurance.“My mom had to go 16 years without health insurance. My dad had to go to Mexico to get diabetes medicine,” Cisneros told NBC News.

Gil Cisneros, Democratic candidate for California Congressional District 39, speaks about gun violence in Diamond Bar, CaliforniaGil Cisneros, right, Democratic candidate for California Congressional District 39, speaks about gun violence at a panel held in Diamond Bar, California on Sept. 23, 2018. Seated at the table with Cisneros were Mark Kelly, center, and Dan Helmer, left.Suzanne Gamboa / NBC News
Cisneros’ mother was 10 years old when her father, Cisneros’ grandfather, was killed while working in the Torrance, California, neighborhood market he owned. Though Cisneros never knew his grandfather, he said his mother always spoke about him, telling he would be proud of him when he reached milestones such as high school graduation.He said he was shaken by the Dec. 14, 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings when a gunman killed 20 children, ages 6 and 7, and six adults. “I have two young boys, 4-year-old twins,” said Cisneros. “When I was a kid in elementary school, at that time we had earthquake drills and fire drills. Now kids going to school right now have active shooter drills. We need people who will go to Congress and act.”

Gil Cisneros News

Navy Lieutenant Commander Gil Cisneros, who is running for Congress in California’s 39th Congressional District, released a new digital advertisement featuring scholarship students who received academic support, financial assistance, and mentorship through the Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros Foundation. After winning the California Mega Millions lottery in 2010, the Cisneros’s established the Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros Foundation which, combined with their personal giving, has given over $40 million dollars to educational and veterans programs, establishing scholarships, and mentorships to create a culture where going to college is more than just a possibility—it’s a concrete expectation with the support mechanisms to make it all happen.

The release of the advertisement comes on the heels of Cisneros being named to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Red to Blue Program and receiving the endorsement of the Orange County Labor Federation. The digital ad will run in conjunction with Cisneros’s television ad entitled “Promise,” which highlights Cisneros’s commitment to veterans health care. In the advertisement, students recount how Gil and Jacki helped them succeed as first-generation college students. They describe both the broad scholarship support they received and the more nuanced support, like flights back home for Thanksgiving and help buying textbooks. Gil knows that it takes more than just a scholarship to succeed—it takes building relationships and providing motivation and non-financial support as well.

Gil will bring this nuanced and holistic view of education to Washington, to ensure that our government spends education funds smartly but also provides the additional support that is so crucial to the success of students from every background. John Barrios, one of the first graduates to benefit from Gil and Jacki’s support and who now works for a non-profit in Los Angeles County focused on increasing access to technology for underserved students, describes the culture of giving that is fundamental to advancing the lives of individuals and communities: “They showed me that when you’re successful, you have to go back to your community and give back. Their example really permeates the entire community and for that I’ll be forever grateful.”

Gil Cisneros is a former U.S. Naval Officer and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2), the National Defense Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for his exemplary service to his country. Gil is Advocate and co-founder of The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation, an organization committed to improving the level of Hispanic education in the country. Gilbert’s dedication toward philanthropy began when he purchased a winning California Mega Millions lottery ticket in 2010. Gil and Jacki partnered with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the city of Pico Rivera, California to create Generation First Degree Pico Rivera, with the goal of putting a college degree in every Hispanic household in the city. Gil’s commitment to education, led him to be appointed to former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative’s advisory board and President Obama’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. California’s 39th Congressional District, split between Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties, will be one of the most competitive districts in California. Hillary Clinton won the district by a whopping nine points, the DCCC labeled it a first-round target on its battlefield map and recently, the Cook Political Report changed the district’s status from Lean R to Lean D.

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