MEET JIMMY FREMGEN
Born and raised in Northern California, Jimmy is a heart disease survivor, former congressional investigator, and high school history teacher. He has made it his life’s work to fight for children, workers, and families looking for a better life.
Raised by hard working parents and his Nana, Jimmy and his siblings were taught the value of hard work and community. His parents embodied this value even as the family struggled while his mother wrestled with heart disease. Jimmy shares the same heart disease that took his mother's life at the age of 45.
A proud graduate of California public schools, Jimmy worried about the cost of college tuition and chose community college before transferring to UC Santa Barbara and obtaining his teaching credential at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
After college, Jimmy worked as a high school teacher, teaching US History and Government before serving as Advisor to Congressman Elijah E. Cummings and the chief investigative committee of the United States House of Representatives. As a congressional investigator, Jimmy focused on eliminating exploitative behavior by for-profit colleges who boosted profits by ripping off veterans and low-income families. He fought to pass bipartisan anti-gun trafficking laws after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School and was one of the lead staffers during the congressional debate of the Iran Nuclear Agreement.
SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN, JIMMY, AND CONGRESSMAN ELIJAH CUMMINGS
Coming home to Sacramento, Jimmy worked as one of the leading staff members in the California State Legislature to ensure that the newly legalized cannabis market would include everyone, especially minority communities disproportionately impacted by the failed War on Drugs.
As an advocate for Californians with disabilities, Jimmy increased access to guide dogs for the blind and worked to protect vulnerable residents of long-term care facilities from profit-hungry corporate boards.
COVID-19 & SMALL BUSINESSES
Since 2016, Jimmy has worked in Sacramento as a bartender and driver for Sac Brew Bike in Midtown, Sacramento. After leaving government service, Jimmy continued to work in the hospitality industry as he built a small tourism business that would highlight locally-owned small businesses in the Sacramento region.
Then the pandemic hit.
In the same week, Jimmy lost his bartending job and had to shut down his budding business. Just like millions of other Americans, Jimmy wondered where his rent would come from and how long he would survive on savings alone. He watched as his business partners closed their doors and were forced to lay off their employees as they faced the uncertainty of an economy in free fall.
Credit: Scott Rodd, Capitol Public Radio
SACRAMENTO DESERVES BETTER
After a career that started in the classroom and led to learning from civil rights heroes like Elijah Cummings and John Lewis, Jimmy believes that the only way to change the outcome for struggling families, small business owners, and workers is to speak up loudly for them.
For too long Sacramento has been represented by politicians that take thousands of dollars from corporate donors and Wall Street banks while leaving the rest of us behind!
Jimmy agreed with Congressman Cummings when he said that “we have to be better than this” and is prepared to prove it in the halls of Congress by being an effective advocate for the people of Sacramento. He has pledged not to take money from the corporate PACs or police unions.
We have enough politicians that represent corporations in Washington, it's time for one that will live in and stand up for Sacramento.