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Long Beach community celebrates Ricardo Lara's election to state Senate

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- More than 200 community members joined state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) on Thursday to celebrate his election to the 33rd Senate District.

The celebration took place at the Long Beach Museum of Latin American Art, which is the only museum in the United States exclusively dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art.

Lara was sworn in by Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe and was joined by local leaders from throughout the district that included Long Beach City Mayor Bob Foster, City of Paramount pastor Brian Warth, City of Long Beach Sergeant First Class Rudy Rios and ABC 7’s Alysha Del Valle as emcee.

“I am very thankful to everyone who came out to meet me and my district staff [Thursday],” said Lara, who is openly gay. “I felt it was important to bring this celebration home and set the stage for my term as Senator by sharing my vision of working in a bipartisan manner and carrying out the will of my constituents. I plan on harnessing the diversity and energy of my district to continue to move us forward and deliver positive change for my communities and the state.”

The program highlighted some of the policies and programs that Lara is prioritizing and has developed to serve his district. These include the Inaugural Program of the Young Senators Program for the 33rd District and the Parents on Patrol Program. Lara said the celebration also gave him the opportunity to meet new constituents, connect with local leaders and reunite with friends.

Lara previously served in the Assembly representing the 50th District and was tapped to lead the Latino Legislative Caucus.