Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard represents California’s 40th Congressional District and is a political pioneer. After serving three terms in the California State Assembly, she became the first Mexican-American woman elected to Congress in 1992. She serves on the House Appropriations Committee, one of the most powerful committees in Congress.
Lucille serves on two subcommittees. On the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee, she oversees funding for public schools, workforce training programs, health research and preventative health programs. On the Homeland Security Subcommittee, the congresswoman oversees funding for immigration processing, border and port security, as well as a wide variety of area emergency preparedness efforts, including providing police and firefighters with the training and equipment they need to respond quickly and effectively to emergencies.
Lucille believes that by investing in our infrastructure we can attract new industries and spur job growth. Lucille fights to bring millions in federal investments home to our neighborhoods each and every year. From transportation infrastructure, such as the recently completed Eastside Extension Gold Line light rail system to the visionary plan for LA River revitalization, Lucille believes these investments help us create new jobs, and get us ready for a prosperous future.
From early childhood education to college grants and loans, Lucille fights to invest in our children so they can compete for the jobs of the future. That includes more computers in the classroom and better technology training for teachers. And she’s fighting to expand science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational initiatives so our kids will have the high tech skills employers, and the world market demand.
A leader in public health issues, Lucille knows that healthy communities start with healthy families. Healthier families benefit us all – from protecting newborns to ensuring the well-being of our seniors. A public health leader, Lucille wrote laws to stop underage drinking and expand screenings to prevent newborn deaths and disabilities. She introduced the MOMS Act to improve maternity care and legislation to reduce teen pregnancy rates – to give kids of all ages the best start in life. She is currently Chair of the Hispanic Caucus Task Force on Health.
As a member of the Seniors Task Force of the Democratic Caucus, Lucille is a strong advocate for older Americans, and fights to protect Social Security and Medicare. She also believes that we must honor our commitments to those who have served the nation proudly, and votes to enhance the well deserved benefits of our veterans and their families, and ensure that our returning wounded heroes have access to adequate and quality medical care.