Our wonderful Assemblyman Mike Gordon died at home in El Segundo on June 25 due to complications from a brain tumor. Mike was a pillar of democratic politics in California for the past 30 years.
Mike was elected to the El Segundo City Council in 1996 and served two terms as the city's mayor. He worked tirelessly on behalf of the school district, police, and fire departments, and spearheaded efforts to revitalize the city's downtown.
He was a central figure in the fight against the expansion of LA Airport, and worked with other leaders to save the LA Air Force Base - a source of more than 65,000 local jobs.
Mike was elected to the 53rd Assembly District in 2004. He was appointed by Speaker Fabian Núñez to chair the Committee on Veterans Affairs. In his first two months in office, he introduced 22 legislative measures reflecting the priorities of his district: education, health care, public safety, veterans, and consumer protection.
Mike resided in El Segundo with his wife and four children. His friendship, courage, and leadership will be greatly missed by everyone.
In lieu of flowers, Mike's family requests donations to your choice of the following charities: National Brain Tumor Foundation, 22 Battery Street, Suite 612, San Francisco, CA 94111-5520; American Heart Association, 816 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA 90017; American Diabetes Association, 6300 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Condolence cards may be sent to the District Office at 1700 East Walnut Avenue, Suite 601, El Segundo, CA 90245.