Honorable Ricardo Lara – Week 21: 30-in-30 Honoree

It is with great #pride that we announce our week 21 30-in-30 honoree, Ricardo Lara, State Senator, District 33 and graduate of leadership L.A. 2007. Senator Lara made history in 2012 by becoming the first openly gay person of color elected to the California Senate. He advocates on behalf of his constituents on education, clean air, healthcare and American values.

Keep reading below to learn more about Senator Lara’s heartfelt post which unfolds his history, platform, and leadership!

SCLN 30-in-30 Senator Ricardo Lara – Leadership L.A. class of 2007

The Southern California Leadership Network stoked my passion for public service – a passion that started with my parents’ example of sacrifice.

My mother came to California when she was 21. She worked as a maid and later she moved up to be a seamstress. My father came to this country at 18 and worked in the fields, as a bracero, a farm worker and later as a factory worker in East L.A.

My parents had the courage to make the decision to leave their homes and come to the United States with a vision and dream for a better life. They worked hard and sacrificed to ensure that they lay a strong and successful foundation for their children.

When I am working on legislation, I think about people like my parents and how it could improve their lives and the communities they live in.

I cannot talk about healthcare without talking about undocumented families.

I cannot talk about the environment with talking about poor, low income communities of color living by the freeway exposed to air pollution.

I cannot talk about education without talking about dreamers.

And I cannot talk about the LGBT community without talking about their civil rights.

The Southern California Leadership Network supported me in finding my voice and leading with my heart. Congratulations and saludos on 30 years of driving positive change.