CONGRESSWOMAN GRACE FLORES NAPOLITANO, CA 32ND District
Grace Flores Napolitano was born in Brownsville, Texas. After high school, she married and moved with her husband to California where they raised 5 children. She began her political career in 1986 as a member of the Norwalk City Council, and in 1989 Napolitano’s fellow council members selected her to serve as Mayor. During her tenure, she addressed the city’s need for jobs and reliable public transportation. Napolitano was elected in 1992 to the California Assembly, where she quickly earned a reputation as a hard worker and champion for international trade/economic expansion, environmental protection, transportation, immigration, small businesses, and women’s issues.
First elected to Congress in 1998, Napolitano is currently serving her eighth term. Her Los Angeles County-based district covers several cities and communities in the San Gabriel Valley. Napolitano serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources, and is currently the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Water and Power. She is a long-time promoter of conservation, water recycling, desalination, and groundwater management as solutions to Southern California’s water needs. She is also a member of the House Committee on Transportation &Infrastructure, where she has advanced projects and policies that relieve congestion, improve transit, and reduce the negative impacts her district takes on as a primary shipping corridor from the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.
Napolitano has been active in securing mental health parity in the Affordable Care Act, promoting mental health legislation, and working with prominent figures to increase funding and access to mental health services. Her 2001 program providing mental health and suicide prevention services on-site in four schools has expanded to 26 schools with assistance from Los Angeles County Mental Health, which now serves as a model program for H.R. 628, the Mental Health in Schools Act. The Congresswoman is a member and former Chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which addresses the impact of national issues on the Hispanic community.
RUBEN GALLEGO – ARIZONA, 7th Congressional District
Ruben Gallego, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a son of Hispanic immigrants, was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. His appreciation and understanding of what families in Arizona go through has motivated him to improve their lives. Key issues such as income inequality, education and opportunity disparity, immigration reform and the environment motivate his legislative stance.
Ruben’s leadership throughout politics, Arizona, and the Hispanic community are displayed by his achievements thus far. He sits on the board of the Phoenix Children’s Museum and the President’s Community Advisory Board for South Mountain Community College. He was named one of Phoenix’s 40 leaders under the age of 40 by the Phoenix Business Journal. Ruben was also named one of Chicanos Por La Causa’s 40 under 40 most influential Hispanic leaders. Additionally, Ruben has served on Blue Ribbon Commissions for veterans’ issues.