Born in Mexico, Gordo immigrated to the United States with his parents as a young child. The oldest of six kids, growing up, Gordo grew up in Pasadena, attending Pasadena public schools. Both of his parents worked two jobs - and their fingers to the bone. Gordo's father was a dishwasher and cook at Ranchero's Mexican Restaurant for 50 years. His late mother, who died when his youngest brother was four years old, was a seamstress.
From age nine until he was 17 years old, Gordo delivered the Pasadena Star-News newspaper every day before school and every weekend. He worked evenings and weekends at Ranchero's Mexican Restaurant to help contribute to his family. He played football, baseball and soccer in High School, and became the first person in his family to go to college. First, Pasadena City College, then Azusa Pacific University. Shortly after his mother passed away, Gordo was forced to give up the college dream to help raise his siblings. As his siblings got older, Gordo was able to continue his formal education and was accepted to law school and drove 35 miles each way to class every night — while working full-time. He graduated with honors one year ahead of his class and passed the California Bar Exam on his first attempt.
As a City Councilmember, Victor has worked for almost 19 years focusing on quality of life issues, including opposing overdevelopment, fighting crime, protecting neighborhoods, getting rid of problem liquor stores and replacing them with affordable housing, and taking back our parks. Victor is the longest serving president of the Rose Bowl Operating Company, leading it through a successful renovation.