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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Backs Kim Bernice Nguyen To Defeat Republican Michelle Steel


Source: Kim Bernice Nguyen for Congress


GARDEN GROVE, CA - Just a week after releasing a major endorsement from Congresswoman Sarah Jacobs, Councilwoman Kim Bernice Nguyen announced yet another massive endorsement today from the CHC BOLD PAC for her campaign for Congress.


This support comes after back to back endorsements from the LA/OC Building and Construction Trades Council, State Senator Tom Umberg, Former State Assemblyman Tom Daly, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, Assemblyman Josh Lowenthal, United Association Local 250, and OC Supervisor Katrina Foley were all announced in the last 3 months. Upon endorsing Ms. Nguyen, CHC BOLD PAC Chairwoman Linda Sanchez stated: “The daughter of a Vietnamese refugee and a Mexican immigrant and the first in her family to graduate high school and college, Kim Nguyen has lived through some of the tremendous challenges working families in Southern California face. Republicans continue to fail Californian working families. Kim will be the leader they deserve in Congress and will fight for gun safety, to protect and strengthen our democracy, and to lower costs for all working families. Kim could be the first Asian-Latina in Congress and BOLD PAC is proud to support her,” "As the daughter of a Mexican Immigrant and proud Latina I'm honored to have earned the endorsement and confidence of BOLD PAC," Ms. Nguyen said. "Our country is at a crossroads and MAGA Republicans are threatening democracy, hurting working people, cutting aid to veterans, and putting their loyalty to the gun lobby over our children's lives. These aren't the values I was taught and these aren't the values of our community. Southern California families deserve someone who will fight for them everyday in Washington, not special interests. I'm grateful for BOLD PAC's support and look forward to working with them to flip CA-45 and win back this seat for working families,"

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BOLD PAC is the campaign arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and is dedicated to increasing diversity in the House and Senate by getting more Latinos and Latinas elected. In 2022, BOLD PAC elected the largest Democratic CHC in history, bringing nine new Latinos to the House, including four in seats that were picked up by House Democrats. This was the result of over $6 Million in direct investments for Latino candidates, the largest sum in the organization’s history. Additionally, BOLD PAC played an integral role in protecting the Democratic majority in the Senate by helping re-elect Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, the first and only Latina in the Senate.


The daughter of a Vietnamese refugee and a Mexican immigrant, Kim Bernice Nguyen was the first in her family to graduate high school and college. At just 25, she won a historic election as the youngest person and first Latina ever elected to the Garden Grove City Council. A leader on women’s issues, Ms. Nguyen has stood up to harassment and sought equality and justice throughout Southern California and has fought to ensure that immigrants, like her parents, have the dignity and opportunity to succeed in our communities. A homegrown leader, Ms. Nguyen attended Clinton-Mendenhall Elementary, Doig Intermediate, and Santiago High School. As a healthcare expert, she will bring a much-needed public health background to Congress, having formerly worked for CalOptima and now as a Program Manager for a large health plan.


CA-45 is one of the top pickup opportunities for Democrats in 2024. It is a Biden +6 district with a Democratic registration advantage of 5.6%. Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) and Latino voters are a majority of the district at 51.6% – with Vietnamese voters making up the largest block of AAPI voters at 58.4%. If elected, Ms. Nguyen would be the first person of Vietnamese descent ever elected to Congress in California and only the third in US history. She would also be the first Asian-Latina in Congress and one of a growing group of millennials seeking to make change on our most crucial issues. For an updated list on all endorsements, click here


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