FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2017
Contact: Max Wertheimer, (415) 302-1584, firstname.lastname@example.org
CONGRESSMAN TED LIEU ENDORSES JEFF BLEICH FOR CALIFORNIA LT. GOVERNOR
Oakland, CA – Today, Congressman Ted Lieu announced his endorsement of Jeff Bleich for Lt. Governor of California. Rep. Lieu is a United States Air Force veteran and a strong advocate for our men and women in uniform. He is also one of only four computer science majors serving in Congress, and has been a leading voice in calling for more focus on cybersecurity issues. Rep. Lieu has also authored legislation to ban so-called “gay conversion therapy” programs, reform our criminal justice system, and combat climate change.
“I’m endorsing Jeff for Lt. Governor because he’s demonstrated that he has both the courage and the skill to take on the tough problems affecting Californians across the state,” said Congressman Lieu. “Our new economy has brought new vulnerabilities. From addressing cybersecurity concerns, to modernizing our state’s education system for a new, 21st century workforce, to addressing the anxiety so many Californians are experiencing, Jeff is prepared to take on the big issues that Californians face. I’m also proud to support a candidate with a long track record of standing up for those who haven’t had a voice, including minorities and immigrants. In today’s political climate, we need someone like Jeff Bleich leading California.”
Congressman Lieu joins Congressmembers Jackie Speier, Adam Schiff and Ro Khanna in endorsing Jeff, a lifelong Democrat, a highly respected attorney, educator, diplomat, and a former senior counsel for President Obama. He has nearly thirty years of experience uniting people to resolve complex issues. Jeff has led some of the nation’s largest educational and legal advocacy institutions, and served the U.S. and California at the highest levels.
“I am deeply honored to have the support of Congressman Ted Lieu. His instinct has always been to serve others, and to fight injustice. As Assistant Whip in the House, he’s been extraordinarily effective in crafting new laws, stopping bad acts, and holding people to account on social media.”
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.
After graduating in the top of his class at UC Berkeley Law School in 1989 and clerking for the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Jeff helped build Munger, Tolles, and Olson, LLP—one the most successful and revered law firms in California. He was elected by his peers to serve as president of both the San Francisco Bar and the California Bar Association, and has consistently been ranked as one the state’s top lawyers. Jeff has also received numerous awards and recognition for his civil rights and pro bono legal work on behalf of children, victims of violence, and California’s most vulnerable communities.
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.