At a Glance
- Career History:
Assemblywoman (1987-1992); Executive Director, National Association of Hispanic Certified Public Accountants; Assistant Director, Alcoholism Council of East Los Angeles; Planner, United Way
- Birthday: June 12, 1941
- Hometown: Boyle Heights, Calif.
- Alma Mater: California State University, B.A. 1965
- Spouse: Edward Allard
- Religion: Roman Catholic
- DC Office: 2330 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515, Phone: 202-225-1766
- State/District Office: 255 E. Temple St., Ste. 1860Los Angeles, CA 90012-3334, Phone: 213-628-9230
Path to Power
A lifelong Californian, Lucille Roybal-Allard was born on June 12, 1941, in Boyle Heights, Calif. She is the oldest of three children of retired Rep. Edward Roybal (D-Calif.), a 30-year House veteran who co-founded the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and he was notably the first Latino elected to the Los Angeles City Council.
Roybal-Allard grew up in Los Angeles County and dreamed of a show-business career. She attended California State University at Los Angeles and in 1965 earned a degree in speech therapy.
Roybal-Allard is a staunch liberal. The first Mexican-American woman elected to Congress, she's focused much of her attention on immigration reform and advocates pathways to U.S. citizenship. She also supports abortion rights, health-care reform and worker-friendly labor laws.
She sided with the Democratic Party 98 percent of the time in the 111th Congress, but isn't afraid to buck party lines. Roybal-Allard opposed the fall 2008 financial industry bailout. And in November 2006, she showed independence from then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) by backing Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) in his bid against John Murtha (D-Penn.).
Roybal-Allard is a member and former chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, headed by Rep. Charlie Gonzalez (D-Texas) in the 112th Congress. She sits on the House Appropriations Committee.