FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 24, 2018
BRADY CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE ENDORSES JEFF BLEICH FOR CALIFORNIA LT. GOVERNOR
Oakland, CA – Today the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Jeff Bleich's campaign for Lt. Governor of California. The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March, is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025.
"Jeff Bleich has proven through words and actions to be a champion of the gun violence prevention movement, and we’re proud to endorse his campaign for Lieutenant Governor," stated Peggy McCrum, president of the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign. "Jeff will be a great ally as we work with him to bring about a safer California."
Earlier this week, Bleich’s campaign released a new ad highlighting the work Jeff has done for more than twenty years to address the epidemic of gun violence.
“I have worked with the Brady campaign for the past twenty years, and am honored and humbled to have the endorsement of an organization that has done so much to prevent and reduce gun violence throughout the country,” said Bleich. “As Lt. Governor, I’ll stand up to the NRA and the gun lobby as I always have, and continue my work with Brady and other violence prevention organizations to enact common sense gun laws.”
Following the tragedy at Columbine High School in 1999, Jeff lead President Clinton’s Youth Violence Commission, where Jeff met with the victims and survivors of school shootings throughout the country. After the Pulse nightclub shooting, Jeff joined a coalition of attorneys who provided free legal services to fight the gun lobby. Jeff helped take on and beat the NRA in the California Supreme Court to close the gun show loophole in Alameda County. Bleich currently serves on Brady’s leadership council. He also recently wrote an op-ed about the lack of courage of elected officials to enact common sense gun laws.
Earlier this year Jeff attended the March For Our Lives in Washington D.C., where he met with students from Stoneman Douglas High School, and marched with the Giffords Courage campaign, and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
Last week, The Mercury News and East Bay Times endorsed Jeff for Lt. Governor, stating that he “has the experience to make good on his ideas to improve the state’s higher education system and the environment.”
Earlier this month, the Sacramento Bee endorsed Bleich for Lt. Governor, calling him a “heavyweight” in the race for the second highest-ranking office in California. The Bee noted Bleich’s “strong ideas” and “thoughtful leadership style,” concluding he “would serve with intelligence and depth.”
Last month, the San Francisco Chronicle endorsed Jeff, concluding that his “demeanor and depth of experiences make him a strong candidate for lieutenant governor…[who] knows his way around politics and public policy.
Bleich was also recently endorsed by the Sierra Club, who said Jeff is “hands down, the best candidate for Lieutenant Governor.”
Jeff has also been endorsed by Congressmembers Jackie Speier, Adam Schiff, Ro Khanna and Ted Lieu, along with many California State Legislators, Mayors, Supervisors, and Councilmembers.
Jeff has been a tireless advocate for Californians who have been discriminated against, communities that have been wronged, and families fighting to break into the middle class. He served as Chair of the California State University Board of Trustees as well as the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and other non-profit groups. He currently heads the Fulbright Scholarship Board, which creates scholarship opportunities for students.
Jeff most recently served our nation as a top aide to President Obama, first as Special Counsel to the President in the White House, and then as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia. He continues serving Californians as a public policy and cybersecurity attorney at Dentons, and he is helping to grow our economy and create jobs throughout the state as an adviser to Governor Jerry Brown, and a nationally recognized advocate for education.
Jeff and his wife, Becky continue to work and live in the East Bay after raising their three adult children, Jake, Matt, and Abby.