As the youngest of eleven children raised by immigrants from Mexico, Nanette Diaz Barragán beat the odds and put herself through UCLA and USC Law School. So she knows what families need and the power of a good education. In Congress, she will fight to get more funds for our schools and better paying jobs in our communities.
Barragán has been fighting for children and families since college. She’s helped immigrant families escape violence and kept them together. She also volunteered to help build homes for low-income families right here in our community and she is currently a children’s advocate for children in foster care with special education needs.
As a councilwoman, Barragán balanced fiscal common sense with the right priorities. She balanced budgets, fixed streets, helped expand afterschool programs and hired new police officers without raising taxes.
Barragán has worked as a community advocate in Los Angeles as well as in Washington. She worked in President Bill Clinton’s White House and then at the NAACP – focusing on racial and social justice issues – and volunteered to ensure voters’ rights were protected at the polls during President Obama’s campaign.
Nanette Diaz Barragán understands there’s nothing more important than the health of our families and community. That’s why she stood up to the big oil companies and helped win the fight to keep them from oil-drilling in our neighborhoods and off our beaches.
In November, 2016, Nanette was elected to Congress. She serves on the House Homeland Security Committee and Natural Resources Committee. She chairs two environmental tasks force for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Progressive Caucus. Nanette has kept up the fight to protect the air our families breathe and water we drink.