California LGBT Caucus Endorses Ricardo Lara for 33rd District Senate Seat
2012-01-12 · By Editor
The California Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender (LGBT) Caucus announced its endorsement of Ricardo Lara for the newly created 33rd Senate District, calling him a thoughtful and pragmatic leader.
“From the minute Ricardo was elected to state office he began working with his colleagues and experts throughout the country to promote diverse coalition-building within the LGBT community. He is a thoughtful and pragmatic leader who champions sound policy recommendations and the California Legislative LGBT Caucus is proud to support him,” said State Senator Christine Kehoe, Chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus. “If elected, Ricardo will be the first openly gay person of color in the State Senate and California will once again prove itself a leader in being a true representative governing body.”
“It is an honor to have the support and collaboration of my colleagues at the California Legislative LGBT Caucus,” said Lara. “Although we have made great strides toward justice and equality throughout the country, we still have a lot of challenges to overcome as a state. I am looking forward to doing my part in the State Senate to fight for true equality for all Americans.”
The newly drawn 33rd Senate District includes the cities of Vernon, Huntington Park, Maywood, Bell, Cudahy, Bell Gardens, South Gate, Lynwood, Paramount, Signal Hill, along with portions of Lakewood and Long Beach and the unincorporated communities of Walnut Park and Florence-Graham.
Ricardo currently represents the 50th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Commerce, Cudahy, Lynwood and South Gate along with portions of Downey, Walnut Park and Florence-Graham. In the State Assembly, Ricardo serves as Chairman of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee and the Select Committee on Financial Empowerment and serves as a member of the Appropriations, Higher Education, Banking and Finance, and Water, Parks and Wildlife committees.
The California Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Caucus was formed originally in June 2002. Its role is to present a forum for the California Legislature to discuss issues that affect LGBT Californians and to further the goal of equality and justice for all Californians. Formation of the LGBT Caucus made California the first state in the country to recognize an official caucus of openly-LGBT state legislators.
Assembly Member Ricardo Lara created the LGBT Latino Select Committee of the Latino Legislative Caucus this year, when he was elected to the Assembly. Among the goals of the Select Committee, is to provide sound policy recommendations to the LGBT and Latino Caucuses based on information presented by experts and academics at informational hearings.