Democratic Congressional Candidate for California’s 39th District
Sam Jammal grew up in the 39th District, raised by proud Latino and Arab immigrant parents. Recognizing law as a key lever for pursuing justice, equality and change, Sam studied at The George Washington Law School, focusing on civil rights. Rather than taking a typical high-paying law firm job, Sam worked for Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) advocating for the rights of Latino and immigrant students to receive a quality education. During the 2008 presidential election, Sam served as Chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Latino Voter Protection Task Force. After the campaign, Sam served as Legislative Counsel in the United States Senate where he focused on civil rights, labor and national security issues. Sam was later appointed by President Barack Obama to serve at the United States Department of Commerce where he worked to expand export opportunities for American companies. Following his work at the Commerce Department, Sam served as Chief of Staff to a Southern California Member of Congress. Sam was one of the youngest in history to serve in this role, in addition to being one of only a handful of Arab or Latino Americans ever to serve as a Chief of Staff to a Member of Congress. In 2015, Sam returned home to La Mirada to work for SolarCity and later Tesla to expand renewable energy and lower consumers’ energy bills throughout Southern California. Sam currently lives in Fullerton and continues to advocate for renewable energy development and job creation in the clean energy and technology sectors.