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Ron Cedillos has long been recognized as a leader of a number of important public policy issues for the past twenty years. The following are just a few of the more publicized statewide and national programs he has shepherded on behalf of California.


U.S. SECRETARY OF COMMERCE

When the Wall Street Journal and Washington Times reported that Ron Cedillos was under consideration for
the cabinet position of U.S. Secretary of Commerce under President George H.W. Bush, it set off another round
of speculation of whether Cedillos would leave the private sector for full-time government service. With the opportunity to advise the President on U.S. competitiveness and economic growth policy, Cedillos knew it was a once in a lifetime prospect, but he also knew it would mean the end of fulfilling his work helping govern the largest institution of higher education in the nation -- the California State University System.

The confidence placed in Ron Cedillos by the Governor through his many appointments to important policy boards, projects and commissions had been noticed by the White House in search of problem solving talent
and leadership. California’s Governor characterized Cedillos through his spokesman thusly; “No challenge is
too big for him. I think through his dedication and his energy he’s able to accomplish a lot of feats that others write off as lost causes.” Moreover, Ron was being ardently supported for the cabinet position by many leading Californians from both the Democratic and Republican parties who knew firsthand of his abilities and problem solving skills.

When interviewed by the Press Telegram regarding his possible appointment, Ron Cedillos replied “I don’t know the timing is right for me. There is a lot of work to be done in California.” Cedillos was at least in part referring to his work in advising state elected officials on economic strategies and education reform.

While creating broad based economic opportunity is Cedillos’ passion, in the end, providing the best education possible for our youth is his first priority. As such, though distinctly honored when put forward for the post, Cedillos declined further consideration. Notwithstanding his decision, Cedillos continued to advise state and national leaders on a variety of policy matters.






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"And last week he [Ron Cedillos] was mentioned as possibly the next U.S. Secretary of Commerce."
Los Angeles Times



“One man on the list [Secretary of Commerce] is Long Beach businessman Ron Cedillos.”
San Francisco Chronicle


“Sources on the West Coast are floating the name of Ron Cedillos, an aerospace businessman as having a good shot at joining the Bush Cabinet.”
Washington Times


Businessman Ronald Cedillos is on a list of candidates to fill the next open White House cabinet spot.”
OrangeCounty Register


“The White House could score points by naming businessman Ron Cedillos [Secretary of Commerce].”
Wall Street Journal


"Cedillos' bravura loaded his name into the Beltway mill as a possible candidate for President Bush's commerce Secretary."
Orange County Metropolitan


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