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Openly gay Assemblymember Ricardo Lara to lead Latino Legislative Caucus

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In a historic move, California's Latino Legislative Caucus has selected openly gay Assemblymember Ricardo Lara, who represents California's 50th District, as its new chair.

Lara's election makes him the first gay leader of this large and prominent caucus.

“Equality California congratulates Ricardo Lara on his election to lead the Latino Legislative Caucus," said Clarissa Filgioun, Equality California board chair.

"This pivotal moment in our efforts to achieve full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Californians demands leadership from a steadfast advocate for justice who is capable of and committed to bringing communities together and building common ground. We believe Assemblymember Lara is that leader and we look forward to continuing to partner with him to make change in the lives of LGBT people in California,” she said.

Born Nov. 5, 1974, in Commerce, Calif., Lara lives in Bell Gardens, Calif. He is a graduate of San Diego State University, where he was student body president, and is seeking a master's degree at the University of Southern California.

The Democratic leader represents the southeastern Los Angeles County communities of Bell, Bellflower, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Cudahy, Downey, Lynwood and South Gate, as well as the Florence-Graham and Walnut Park neighborhoods.

Lara is running for the California Senate in the 33rd District. He is one of eight openly gay or lesbian members of the California Legislature and is a member of the LGBT Caucus.