FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, February 13, 2018


LOS ANGELES, CA –  Today Kevin de León picked up a major endorsement from the Service Employees International Union in California, proving once again that working families trust Kevin to advocate for them in Washington, D.C.  In recent weeks, de León’s grassroots campaign has garnered support from some of the most influential unions in the state. The overwhelming support is a testament to the weakening grip of establishment leadership in D.C. who do not share our values.  

“Kevin de León is a leader who speaks up for California values.  His leadership on the most pressing challenges facing California stands in stark contrast with the dysfunctional political establishment in Washington, D.C.,” said David Huerta, Executive Board Member, SEIU California.  “Kevin shouldered our fight for $15 minimum wage across the finish line, holds a strong record on environmental justice, and fought valiantly to protect our immigrant communities when the Trump Administration moved to openly attack them and divide families.  He’s stood up for us and our California values again and again and now we are proud to stand shoulder to shoulder and endorse Kevin de León to be our next U.S. Senator.”

Responding to SEIU California’s endorsement, State Senate Leader Kevin de León said:

“I am incredibly humbled to receive the endorsement of the Service Employees International Union in California.  With their support, I am confident we can take the fight for our California values to President Trump’s doorstep in Washington, D.C.

“We must demand more of our elected leaders in Washington.  Right now, it is clear they lack the political willpower to prioritize the issues we care about on the floor of the U.S .Senate.  It is time for new leadership that will fight tirelessly for fair and equal wages, a growing economy that generates good-paying jobs, and more opportunities for everyone.  

“My whole life I have worked to defend our California Dream.  That’s why I won’t be just another party-line vote in Washington.  Instead, I will be the outspoken activist Californians need on the issues they care about most.”  

California’s State Senate Leader Kevin de León passed legislation in 2012 to create the first-of-its-kind “Secure Choice” program, to help workers actively save for retirement.  He carried historic worker’s compensation reforms over the finish line, and fought with his colleagues to ensure employees are paid equally regardless of their gender.

On the eve of announcing his run for U.S. Senate, Kevin de León released the video “Kevin de León for U.S. Senate”.  To watch the video, click here or on the screenshot below.

California State Senator Kevin de León was elected by his colleagues to lead the Senate in 2014, making him the first Latino to hold that position in over a century.  Through his ambitious approach to policymaking, Senator de León has authored groundbreaking legislation on a variety of issues that have become national models. De León served four years in the California State Assembly before his election to the State Senate in 2010.

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