Candidate for: United States Representative, CA 40th District
Party: Democratic Party
Office: Representative (D–CA 40th District) since 2013
Previous office: Representative, CA 34th District (2003–2013), Representative, CA 33rd District (1993–2003)
Lucille Elsa Roybal-Allard (born June 12, 1941) is the U.S. Representative for California’s 40th congressional district, serving in Congress since 1993. She is a member of the Democratic Party. Since redistricting in 2010, the district no longer includes downtown Los Angeles.
She was born in Boyle Heights, California, the daughter of Representative Edward R. Roybal and Lucille Beserra Roybal. She was educated at Ramona Convent Secondary School in Alhambra, California, and California State University, Los Angeles.
She currently sits on the House Appropriations and Standards of Official Conduct committees. She has also served as the chair of the California Democratic congressional delegation (1998–1999) and of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. 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 Mexican-American woman to serve in Congress. Along with Nydia Velazquez of New York City, she was the second Latina after Ileana Ros-Lehtinen ofMiami, and with Velazquez, the first Democrat and the first 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.
Roybal-Allard argued that “newborn screening not only transforms and save lives – it saves money.” 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.
In 1992, she won the Democratic nomination for the newly created 33rd District. She won handily in November, and has been reelected ten times as of 2012. Her district was renumbered as the 34th after the 2000 Census and the 40th after the 2010 Census.
Roybal-Allard is married to Edward T. Allard III. She has two children, Ricardo Olivarez and Lisa Marie Roybal Elliott (born Olivarez), two stepchildren, Angela Allard and Guy Mark Allard, and four grandchildren. Her husband is a management consultant and a retired Marine Corps captain. She lives in Beverly Hills, California.
- Location California
- Listing categories House of Representatives, Political Representatives
WASHINGTON, DC OFFICE
2330 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
COMMERCE DISTRICT OFFICE:
500 Citadel Drive, Suite 320 Commerce, CA 90040