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Mayor Robert Garcia Advances to November General Election, On Track to Make History in November as First Openly Gay Immigrant Elected to Congress
June 7, 2022 at 9:34 pm

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June 7, 2022

CONTACT: Jorge Reyes Salinas, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (213) 355-3057/EMAIL: press@eqca.org

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia won his primary election to represent the people of the 42nd Congressional District Tuesday night, advancing to the November election against Republican John Briscoe. Mayor Garcia is on track to make history in November as the first openly gay immigrant elected to Congress.

Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, was the first organization to endorse Mayor Garcia for the open Congressional seat, and Equality California Votes — an independent super PAC aligned with the organization — ran an independent expenditure in support of the Mayor’s campaign.

Equality California released the following statement from Executive Director Tony Hoang celebrating the victory:

“Now more than ever, we need fierce champions for LGBTQ+ equality in Washington, and Mayor Garcia has shown throughout his nearly 13 years in elected office that he has the skill, tenacity and compassion to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people and the diverse communities in which we belong.”

“Voters in Southeast LA and Long Beach have spoken clearly and decisively tonight in support of Robert’s bold, battle-tested leadership. We’ve been proud to stand with him since day one in this race, and we couldn’t be more excited to make history alongside him this November.”

Garcia made history in 2014 when he was elected as Long Beach’s first openly LGBTQ+ mayor, first Latino mayor and youngest mayor in the city’s history. He would be the first openly LGBTQ+ immigrant and the second openly LGBTQ+ Latino elected to Congress — and the first LGBTQ+ Latino elected to Congress from California.

To see a full list of Equality California’s endorsed candidates and how they did on election night, visit eqca.org/elections.


Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org

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