Makes history as the first openly LGBTQ+ Female, and first Latina Millennial to serve as Vice Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus
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(SACRAMENTO) – Today, the California Latino Legislative Caucus elected Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (D-Riverside) as its Vice Chair, succeeding Assemblymember Robert Rivas (D-Salinas) in that position. She is the first openly LGBTQ+ female, the first Latina millennial, and the first Inland Empire representative elected as Vice Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. Cervantes is Chair of the Assembly Jobs Committee and the Assembly Select Committee on Veteran Employment and Education. She has fought to create well-paying jobs for working families; supported California’s small businesses as they recover from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; and helped our veterans fulfill their dreams of higher education after they come home from serving in the Armed Forces.
“I am honored and humbled to have the support of my colleagues in the Latino Caucus to serve as our Vice Chair,” said Assemblymember Cervantes. “I look forward to working with our Chair, Senator Maria Elena Durazo, and my colleagues in the Latino Caucus to address the critical issues affecting the nearly 16 million Latinos who are the backbone of California’s economy, the fifth largest in the world. I also want to thank Assemblymember Robert Rivas for his work as Vice Chair, especially in fighting for the Latinos in our agricultural industry who empower California to feed the United States and the world.”
State Senator Maria Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles), Chair of the Latino Caucus, said: “I am so excited that the California Latino Legislative Caucus has elected Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes to serve as our Vice Chair. As a woman, a millennial, and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, she is an example of the vibrant diversity within our Latino community. I look forward to working with Assemblymember Cervantes to uplift and magnify the voices of Latino working families at our State Capitol.”
“I have full faith in the ability of Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes to serve as my successor as Vice Chair,” said Assemblymember Robert Rivas, outgoing Vice Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. “As a rural California representative, I believe that the Latino Caucus needs leaders who reflect our state’s geographical diversity. By representing the Inland Empire, Assemblymember Cervantes is well-suited to help ensure that Latinos across our entire state have their voices heard in Sacramento.”
The California Latino Legislative Caucus is made up of nine members of the State Senate, twenty-one members of the State Assembly, and three auxiliary members elected to statewide office.
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Sabrina Cervantes is a mother who proudly represents the 60th District of the California State Assembly, which encompasses the cities of Corona, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Norco, Riverside, and the unincorporated communities of Coronita, El Cerrito, and Home Gardens. Cervantes is Vice Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus and serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy.