Jorge Riley started flying Airplanes (Piperwarrior and Cessna) out of McClellan AFB at the age of 14 years old. He was part of an Airforce J.R.O.T.C. group and spent most of his high school years doing community service. When he was 16 he was asked to stand behind President Bill Clinton while he spoke at McClellan AFB. The president spoke about bringing down the upper class and bringing up the lower class to have a supreme middle class. He also said he wouldn't shut the bases down and then did a couple of weeks later. After the president's speech he tried to shake the cadets hands that were standing behind him. When he tried to shake Jorge Riley's hand he crossed his arms and said "in good conscience I couldn't shake his hand, I have never met a real communist before". The president looked very shocked and Jorge got in trouble for doing that (especially on tv) but he felt it was worth it. During his time in R.O.T.C. Jorge served as Flight Commander, Operations Officer, Unarmed Exhibition Drill Commander, Color Guard, and was the first recipient of the Reserve Officers Association National Award as an ASIII and a colonel flew in from Florida to present it to him and the other three recipients.
Jorge spent most of his life wanting to be a Navy Seal so he spent his spare time swimming Varsity Water Polo. He worked at River City Process Serving as the New Accounts Representative soliciting doing paperwork for attorney firms from personal service, filings, writs, and liens to credit checks, translations, and investigation. Jorge enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 17 years with his mother's signature and spent his senior year in the reserves until he left for basic training just a month after graduating high school. Jorge was able to enlist as an E-3 due to his time in A.F.J.R.O.T.C.
Jorge left for Ft. Benning, GA and attended basic training at the House of Pain. During his 3 months at basic he amassed 30 lbs of muscle before transferring to Ft Campbell to the 101st Airborne. There he grew up as a Scout/Sniper before transferring to the line where he served the rest of his career as a M-240B gunner (seen to the left). Jorge started jumping out of helicopters and driving race cars at the early age of 18 years old. Jorge attained several medals to include his "Good Conduct Medal" that he wears on his coat to this day. He acquired a special forces mentality as a scout so when he went to the line he didn't wear any decorations or rank on his uniform. He spent most of his time as a Squad leader (an E-6 Position) in Weapons Squad due to his advanced knowledge of weapons, explosives, land navigation, shooting abilities, and leadership skills. He also earned a special promotion, being the first in his unit to receive a special waiver to be promoted to E-4 at 18 months of service. He made a name for himself in his unit with his 450 PT score averaging:
100 push-ups in a minute, 120-130 sit-ups in 2 minute, and ran 3 miles in 18 minutes. He also was the co-road march champion of his unit having humped an 85 lbs rucksack 25 miles in a little over 4 hours. Above all else he is proud of his Honorable Discharge and his privilege to serve with such honorable men.
Jorge signed up for the Army in exchange for a $50,000 G.I. Bill and the ability to keep his promise he made before he left to go back to law and finish college. This means a lot to him since not only is he the first one to graduate college in his family but he was also the first one to graduate high school in his whole family. He is one class away from being a para-legal and hoping to take his internal auditor exam soon. Jorge has a long history of working with computers that dates back to working with Lotus and Dbase. He recently received an “A” in his forensics computers class and is hoping to pursue a career as a forensics accountant. During his time in college he signed up over 1000 students for college that led him to run for student government. During his service he supported the passing of Measure M which developed the colleges in the Los Rios District and wrote bills to put 1800 textbooks in the library. Jorge also served as President of the A.R.C. Republican Club.
While he was on the council Jorge became a major voice of support for Prop 8 (Marriage being between a man and a woman). The student council voted to endorse a resolution that supported Prop 8 that resulted in a recall attempt that failed. Jorge even received over twice as many votes in support of him as he did that originally got him elected. Jorge and friends protested at the capital during the judicial review of the law (Strauss v. Horton (2009) 46 C.4th 364) which the judge held in favor of the People’s support of traditional marriage. Jorge gave about 40 interviews that day speaking to many TV/Radio/Newspaper reporters outside of the courthouse before returning to the capital to protest against protesters who marched on the capital. Jorge’s position on this proposition stems from his strong religious views that caused him to become the victim of many demonizing attacks from students and administrators at American River College. This effort is what brought Jorge into the Republican Party.
A Conservative Volunteer
Jorge joined the Sacramento County Republican Party and was blessed to be made the alternate to Bill Cardoza on the central committee. He also joined the Sacramento Republican Assembly and was made an affiliate member of the Sacramento Republican Women's Federated under the wonderful Ms. Karen Klinger. Jorge realized there wasn't enough social media and photo/video coverage in the GOP so he started taking photos and making videos of all the GOP events and for candidates and speakers at conservative events to include the California Republican Party, California Republican Assembly , California Federation of Republican Women Conventions, and the California Pro-life Council.
Jorge worked as campaign manager to Lydia Gutierrez for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Lydia is a very nice lady and a devoted kindergarten teacher who fights to protect our children in public school. Jorge then became recording secretary of the Sacramento Republican Assembly (S.R.A.). Jorge returned to American River college to do his Para-legal degree after spending 2 years at C.S.U.S. He became the treasurer of the L.A.W. club and served on that board for two years. During this time Jorge personally wrote the bylaws for the group. He also ran for Director of Finance for the Student Senate and went on to become Student Body President. During his service he passed the new bylaws for the college and also returned to being president of the A.R.C. Republican Club. While he was president he also home-schooled his son which landed him a half page story in the school paper and was his son Jacob's first publication.
Jorge's desire to promote the GOP led him to become a tv producer for channel 17 and to this day is always working to improve his ability to produce better videos more efficiently. Jorge then became campaign manager for Joseph McCray for Congressional District 6. He moved up to Deputy Director for Senate District 6 on the Board of Directors for the California Republican Assembly and the to District Director. He also became a full member to the Central Committee for the Sacramento County Republican Party after his mentor and friend Bill Cardoza moved districts and he could no longer serve as his alternate. Jorge continued his work in photography taking classes in black and white film photography and magazine production. He has spent time working with various programs in and out of Creative Cloud and doing graphic design. He was elected to the position of Vice-President for the Sacramento Republican Assembly in January 2015 and was recently unanimously elected to Corresponding Secretary of the California Republican Assembly. Jorge built this website and the one for his college republican group and is spending all of his spare time reading about PHP, MySQL, HTML, and CSS and hopes to learn Python to build apps for the websites he builds.
Jorge considers the Republican Party his extended family. He is very loyal to the grassroots and all of it's members and will continue to serve with the GOP as long as they will have him and God gives him the strength to fight. He hopes that he will learn enough between school and his service with the GOP to be able to pass both the BAR and C.P.A. exams. He knows it is asking a lot but he is a firm believer that "I can do all things through God who strengthens me". A lot of people pray for Jorge all the time and he is very grateful and thinks about it when he goes through every trial.