Jimmy Fremgen, Manager of State Policy
Jimmy Fremgen (he/him) is the Manager of State Policy at RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.
Born and raised in Northern California, Jimmy is a heart disease survivor, has served as a congressional investigator, high school teacher, and was a 2022 candidate for United States House of Representatives in California’s Seventh Congressional District.
Raised by hard working parents and his Nana, Jimmy and his siblings were taught the value of hard work and community. A proud graduate of California public schools, Jimmy attended UC Santa Barbara and obtained 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 Senior Policy Advisor to Congressman Elijah E. Cummings and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. As a congressional investigator, Jimmy focused on eliminating exploitative behavior by for-profit colleges who boosted profits by targeting 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.
After coming home to California, Jimmy worked as one of the leading staff members in the California State Legislature to regulate the newly legalized cannabis market. As an advocate for Californians with disabilities, Jimmy fought to increase access to guide dogs for the blind and worked to protect vulnerable residents of long-term care facilities from negligence and harm. He currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the United CORE Alliance, a social equity nonprofit organization that serves communities disproportionately affected by the War on Drugs. Jimmy is a rabid golfer, civics nerd, and loves to cook. He resides in Sacramento, CA.