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October 23, 2005
Rep. Grace Napolitano
Rep. Grace Napolitano BIO:
Rep. Napolitano (D-CA) is serving a 4th term; First elected to House in 1998; Represents California’s 38th Congressional District which includes East Los Angeles County and the cities of Pomona and Norwalk. She is currently serving a two-year term as Congressional Hispanic Caucus chair during the 109th Congress.

· International Relations; Resources (ranking Democrat on its Water & Power subcmte).
· Co-chair of Congressional Mental Health Caucus.

· Worked four years for the California Department of Employment.
· Worked for Ford Motor Company, where she spent 22 years moving from executive secretary to its transportation division.
· Appointed as commissioner on the International Friendship Commission in 1974.
· Elected to the Norwalk City Council by a 28-vote margin in 1986.
· Won her second term by largest margin in city history, 1990.
· Elevated to Mayor in 1989.
· Elected to the California Assembly in 1992 serving until 1998.
· Chaired the Women's Caucus and the International Trade Committee
· Served as vice-chair of the Latino Caucus.
· In 1998, upon the retirement of Rep. Esteban Torres, she entered the primary race to succeed him. She won by 619 votes and captured the general election with 67 percent of the vote.
· Re-elected three times by margins of 70 percent or higher.
· Ran unopposed in 2004 in her newly reapportioned district.

· Graduated from Brownsville, Texas High School in 1954.
· Attended Cerritos College in California.

· Born Graciela Flores in Brownsville, Texas, on December 4, 1936.
· Daughter of Miguel Flores and Maria Alicia (Ledezma) Flores.
· First married to Federico Musquiz and had five children: Yolanda, Federico, Edward, Miguel, and Cynthia. Family later moved to Southern California.
· After her first husband passed away in 1982, she married California restaurateur Frank Napolitano. Together, they have 14 grandchildren and one great-grandson.
· Lives in the Los Angeles suburb of Norwalk.

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Info: Rep. Grace Napolitano discusses U.S. immigration policy and the impact of the Hispanic vote in congressional and presidential elections.

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