Councilman Mike Gipson, City of Carson

Biography

Mike Gipson is the frontrunner in the race for California’s 64th State Assembly District due to his previous electoral performances, strong political support, record of public service, and district that will strongly favor an African American Democrat.

Mike A. Gipson was first elected into the Carson City Council on March 8, 2005 and was selected to serve as the Mayor Pro Tem in March 2008. On March 3, 2009, he was re-elected to another 4-year term as a councilmember in a record-breaking number of votes in the Carson’s history .  In 2013, he broke his 2009 record with his re-election to his third term in office. With a stronger mandate following his reelection, Mike is committed to continuing to demonstrate outstanding leadership and represent the people’s voice in while in office.

Mike comes with a solid background in the areas of politics and public safety, owing to his profession as a Union Representative, his training as lead staff person for various elected offices, and a successful career as a former police officer.

Mike currently serves as District Director to Chairman Jerome E. Horton, the first African-American elected to the California State Board of Equalization, and whose district currently serves 8.5 million residents. He formerly served as an Area organizer for the 48,000-strong United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), where he ensures the enforcement of the contractual right of teachers. Prior to working for UTLA, he was the Legislative and Political Director for Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 399, the Political Director Statewide for Justice for Janitors 1877 SEIU and a Business Representative for SEIU Local 99.

Mike worked as a Staff Aide to Congressman Mervyn M. Dymally, State Senator Bill Greene and Los Angeles Councilman Robert Farrell, and as Field Representative for then L.A. Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas. He was also an appointee of Supervisor Yvonne Burke to the County of Los Angeles Community Action Board, where he was the youngest ever to chair the powerful funding agency that distributes $10 million annually in Community Service Block Grant funds. As a Carson resident, he served on the Public Safety and the Human Relations Commissions and as a board member of Carson’s Workforce Investment Network.

Additionally, Mike formerly served as Vice President of the Advisory Board for the State Public Utilities Commission. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Director for Positive Imagery Foundation, Inc., a Los Angeles-based agency that deals with HIV/AIDS and other STDs in the African-American and Latino communities. He is also a former chair of the California Contract Cities’ Legislative Committee and a past chair of its Resolutions Committee.

Mike previously served under various subcommittees, among them housing, labor negotiations, fireworks and teen center. During his tenure, Mike was responsible for establishing the Midnight Basketball program, which was a highly successful effort to remove at-risk kids off the streets during the summer. He is also at the helm of two productive endeavors targeting at-risk youth, namely the S.O.S. (Saving our Sons) and the R.O.S.E. (Reaching Out to our Sisters Everywhere).

Making a difference in people’s lives is a strong passion for this young politician who is also a former youth pastor at the One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism Christian Church under the leadership of Bishop William Todd Ervin Sr. Mike believes that he is born to serve, and attributes all his accomplishments to his strong spiritual foundation, the dedication to give back to his community, and to the values instilled in him by his labor activist parents, neighbors and friends in Carson. As a councilmember, Mike authored several ordinances and resolutions

Among Mike’s inspiration in public service comes from Dr. Martin Luther King’s statement which says “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Mike earned his Bachelor of Science in Business/Management from the University of Phoenix and his Associate of Arts degree from the Los Angeles Southwest College. He also attended One, One, One School of Theology. He received his Police Officers Training at the SouthBay Police Training Academy where he graduated with honors, propelling him into a career as a police officer for the Maywood Police Department.

Previous Electoral Performance

Gipson won competitive City Council elections in Carson in 2005, 2009, and 2013. In 2009, Gipson received more votes than municipal candidate in the city’s 41 history.  In 2013, he surpassed his own record for the most votes cast in a municipal election.

Carson is the second largest city in the newly drawn Assembly District. Approximately 26% of the district’s registered voters live in Carson and are familiar with Mike’s long record record of public service.

Strong Political Support

Gipson has already earned the support of over a dozen elected leaders.  His early endorsements include, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Congresswoman Tony Cardenas, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Board of Equalization Chairman Jerome Horton, Assemblymember Holly Mitchell, Assemblymember Manual Perez, Assemblymember Paul Fong, and outgoing Assemblymember Isadore Hall.

Record of Public Service

Gipson has been an active force in Los Angeles County politics for over two decades.  His resume includes jobs with United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA), SEIU Local 399, SEIU Local 1877 and SEIU Local 99. Gipson previously worked for Congressmember Mervyn Dymally, State Senator Bill Greene, Los Angeles City Councilmembers Robert Farrell and Mark Ridley-Thomas.  Currently, Gipson serves as Chief of Staff to Board of Equalization Chairman Jerome Horton.

Gipson serves as Vice-President of the Advisory Board for the State Public Utilities Commission, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Positive Imagery Foundation, Inc., and he is the former Chairman of the California Contract Cities’ Legislative Committee.

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