Lucille Roybal-Allard was born in Los Angeles. She is the eldest daughter of former Congressman Edward R. Roybal and Lucille Beserra Roybal. She received her bachelor's degree from California State University, Los Angeles. She has been a public servant her entire career. Prior to running for elected office, she worked as a non-profit administrator. She served in the California State Assembly for five years. Then, in 1992, she ran for U.S. Congress, becoming the first Mexican-American woman elected to Congress.
On healthcare . . .
Representative Roybal-Allard has championed patient-centered healthcare policy throughout her career. For example, she authored the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act; introduced the Chiropractic Care for Veterans Act; authored the Seniors Have Eyes, Ears and Teeth Act to expand Medicare services to include vision, hearing, and dental care for seniors; co-introduced the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act; authored the Folic Acid Promotion and Birth Defects Prevention Act. All of the above became law. "Realizing that Latinas were left at higher risk of these preventable birth defects because corn masa flour, the staple grain in the diet of most Latino homes, was not fortified with folic acid, she lead the successful fight to get the Food and Drug Administration to fortify corn masa with folic acid to reduce birth defects."
On the environment . . .
On her campaign website, Representative Roybal-Allard writes "environmental stewardship remains one of the federal government’s most important responsibilities. How we care for our environment will have profound impacts on future generations of Angelenos and all Americans. That is why Congress must strengthen our nation’s efforts to clean our air, clean our water, and preserve our natural resources.
From my position on the House Appropriations Committee, I have sought robust investments in clean and renewable energies. These investments not only support the advancement of critical green technologies, but also programs that help our families and communities transition to a 21st-century green economy. "
Plans for Economy
"During these uncertain economic times, I support policies that provide a fair return on work and help families to make a good living and have a good life.
Congress must support workforce training programs and expand workers’ opportunities for education and skills training, so that they will be prepared for high-paying 21st-century careers." "I also support improving conditions for American businesses to manufacture products and create jobs. The “Make It In America” agenda proposed by House Democrats will help to create better work opportunities, produce more goods here at home, and maintain America’s competitive edge."
Representative Roybal-Allard believes that "we must do everything we can to prepare our students to compete in the 21st century economy. As Vice Chair of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, I am committed to fighting for the education funding that our schools need to help students graduate and continue on to college if they desire. That is why I advocate for robust funding for federal programs like Head Start, Title I School Improvement Grants, the Title IV Student Support and Academic Enrichment Block Grant, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act."