Lodi-born San Joaquin County native Ranjit “Ricky” Gill recently announced that he’s running for Congress in central California, in what is currently the state’s 11th district (it seems that district boundaries may change after August 15 when a citizens redistricting commission approves final maps). Sepia Mutiny noted Gill with a hint of envy and admiration back when he was invited at the age of 17 to the Republican state convention. At that time he served as the sole student representative on the State Board of Education, selected by the former Governator himself. Since then, Gill has gone on to graduate from high school and college, and now at 24, he’s a law student with political aspirations at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall who will be old enough to serve in Congress by the time of June 2012 primary elections.
Ricky Gill suggests that his board experience means he’s no rookie, despite his age.
“My constituency was every single K-12 public school student — 10 times the size of this congressional district,” he said. “I was proud to serve in that role appointed by the governor.” (The Daily Cal)
In addition to education, his issues include health care and farmer’s rights. A focus on these issues may reflect his experience in politics so far, his parents’ professional background as doctors and the importance of agriculture to the region’s economy. Local news coverage of his announcement described him as a “first generation American.” The 11th district’s incumbent, Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton), won the last election by a thin margin.