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Lucille Roybal-Allard

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Lucille Roybal-Allard
Lucille Roybal-Allard official photo.jpg
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from California
Assumed office
January 3, 1993
Preceded byDavid Dreier
Constituency33rd district (1993–2003)
34th district (2003–2013)
40th district (2013–present)
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 56th district
In office
May 18, 1987 – November 30, 1992
Preceded byGloria Molina
Succeeded byBob Epple
Personal details
Lucille Elsa Roybal

(1941-06-12) June 12, 1941 (age 80)
Boyle Heights, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Edward Allard
RelativesEdward R. Roybal (father)
EducationCalifornia State University, Los Angeles (BA)
WebsiteHouse website

Lucille Elsa Roybal-Allard (born June 12, 1941) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for California's 40th congressional district, serving in Congress since 1993. She is a member of the Democratic Party. The district, numbered as the 33rd from 1993 to 2003 and as the 34th from 2003 to 2013, includes much of southern Los Angeles, as well as a number of eastern suburbs such as Downey, Bell and Bell Gardens.

Early life, education and career

She was born in Boyle Heights, California, the daughter of Edward R. Roybal, who served in Congress from 1963 to 1993, and Lucille Beserra Roybal.[1][2] She was attended Ramona Convent Secondary School in Alhambra, California, graduating in 1959.[3] She also attended California State University, Los Angeles.[1]

She was a public relations officer and fund raising executive. She was also a member of the California State Assembly[4] from 1987 to 1992, first elected on May 12, 1987 in a special election to replace Gloria Molina who resigned after being elected to the Los Angeles City Council.

U.S. House of Representatives


In 1992, she won the Democratic nomination for the newly created 33rd district, which included a sliver of the area her father had represented for 30 years. She won handily in November, and has been reelected 13 times with no substantive opposition in this heavily Democratic, Latino-majority district. Her district was renumbered as the 34th after the 2000 Census and the 40th after the 2010 Census. As of the 2010 census, it is the most Latino district in the nation, with a Latino majority of 86.5 percent. Until 2013, she represented much of downtown Los Angeles.


The congresswoman is the first Latina to serve as one of the 12 "cardinals," or chairs, of a House Appropriations Subcommittee, as well as the first Latina to serve on the House Appropriations Committee. She is also the first woman to chair the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; the first woman to chair the California Democratic congressional delegation; and the founder of the Women's Working Group on Immigration Reform.

Her Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking (STOP) Act has been instrumental in reducing underage drinking and its consequences. From her position on the House Appropriations Committee, she has spearheaded many federal projects that have created jobs and improved the lives of her constituents, including the new federal courthouse in Downtown Los Angeles, the Metro Gold Line Lightrail Eastside Extension, the deepening of the Port of Los Angeles, and the ongoing revitalization of the Los Angeles River.

She has also served as the chair of the California Democratic congressional delegation (1998–1999). She has also been active in the Congressional Children's Caucus and on the Democratic Homeland Security and the Livable Communities task forces.

She is the first Democratic Mexican-American woman to serve in Congress. She and Nydia Velazquez of New York City were the second and third Latinas elected to Congress after Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Miami. She and Velazquez are the first Latina Democrats to serve in that body, and the first two elected to a full term.

Roybal-Allard introduced the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2013 (H.R. 1281; 113th Congress) into the House on March 20, 2013. The bill would amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize grant programs and other initiatives to promote expanded screening of newborns and children for heritable disorders.[5] Roybal-Allard argued that "newborn screening not only transforms and save lives - it saves money."[6] According to Roybal-Allard, in California "newborns are screened for more than 40 preventable and treatable conditions – and for every one dollar California spends on screening, it yields a benefit of over $9 as we prevent disease in children who are diagnosed with these treatable conditions."[6]

She is the original House author of The Security and Financial Empowerment (SAFE) Act, a bill designed to ensure that survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking can get help without fearing for the loss of their jobs or economic security. Portions of the SAFE Act were included in the House's 2019 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

She authored The Children's Act for Responsible Employment (CARE) to address abusive and exploitative child labor practices in agriculture.

Roybal-Allard during her tenure in the 111th Congress
Roybal-Allard during her tenure in the 111th Congress

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Personal life

Roybal-Allard is married to Edward Allard III.[12] They have four children, two of which are stepchildren to Roybal-Allard.[12][13] She is Roman Catholic.[13]

Roybal-Allard's archives are held in the collection of the California State Archives.[12]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Hispanic Americans in Congress -- Roybal-Allard". Library of Congress. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  2. ^ Montavlo, Luz (January 15, 2013). "Remembering the 'First Lady of Boyle Heights': Lucille Beserra Roybal". Boyle Heights Beat. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  3. ^ "Ramona Convent Alumna Meets Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard '59 – Pasadena Schools". Pasadena Now. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  4. ^ "Capitol Museum". Archived from the original on April 26, 2006.
  5. ^ "CBO - H.R. 1281". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Rep. Roybal-Allard and Rep. Simpson introduce the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Authorization Act". House Office of Rep. Roybal-Allard. March 22, 2013. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  7. ^ "Members". Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  8. ^ "Membership". Congressional Arts Caucus. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  9. ^ "Caucus Membrs". US House of Representatives. Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  10. ^ "Members". House Baltic Caucus. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  11. ^ "Members". Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Archived from the original on May 15, 2018. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  12. ^ a b c Voelker, Michelle (2009). "Inventory of the Lucille Roybal-Allard Papers". Online Archive of California. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  13. ^ a b "AllPolitics - Congressional Races - California District 33". CNN. Retrieved November 21, 2020.

External links

California Assembly
Preceded by
Gloria Molina
Member of the California Assembly
from the 56th district

Succeeded by
Bob Epple
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
David Dreier
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 33rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Diane Watson
Preceded by
Grace Napolitano
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 34th congressional district

Succeeded by
Xavier Becerra
Preceded by
Xavier Becerra
Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Succeeded by
Silvestre Reyes
Preceded by
Ed Royce
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 40th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Carolyn Maloney
United States representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Bobby Rush
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