The California Latino Legislative Caucus elected Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (D-Riverside) as its chair on Tuesday. She will take office and succeed the current Caucus chair, State Sen. Maria Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles), on Dec. 5, 2022.
The mother of triplets, Cervantes is the first openly LGBTQ+ female, the first Latina millennial and the first Inland Empire representative elected as vice chair, and now, chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus.
“It is an incredible honor to have been elected chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus,” said Assemblymember Cervantes. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Latino Caucus to uplift the nearly 16 million Latinos who are the backbone of California’s economy, the fifth largest in the world, and amplify their voices, so they are heard loudly and clearly in Sacramento.
“I plan to lead our Caucus into the future by prioritizing meeting our diverse and changing Latino community where they are, and ensuring that we address the everyday concerns of Latino working families so that members of our Caucus can continue to sufficiently represent them and earn their support.”
Cervantes is chair of the Assembly Jobs Committee and the Assembly Select Committee on Veteran Employment and Education.
She has fought to create jobs for working families; supported California’s small businesses as they recover from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; helped veterans fulfill their dreams of higher education after they come home from serving in the Armed Forces; provided more protections for survivors of sexual assault, particularly at colleges and universities; increased access to maternal mental health services; and helped expand voting rights in California.
“I am so excited that the California Latino Legislative Caucus has elected Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes to serve as our chair,” said Durazo. “She is an extraordinary legislator who builds consensus and gets tangible results on the most pressing issues before us. Moreover, her life experiences as a woman, a millennial and a member of the LGBTQ+ community have shaped her to be a courageous fighter for our Latino community.”
“Senator Durazo is a titan not only in the Latino Caucus and the State Senate, but in the labor movement and politics, both in California and across our country,” Assemblymember Cervantes said. “I am so grateful for her leadership of our Caucus, and I look forward to working with her and our newly elected vice chair, State Sen. Lena Gonzalez, during this transition period over the next several months.”
The California Latino Legislative Caucus is made up of nine members of the State Senate, 21 members of the State Assembly and three auxiliary members elected to statewide office.