State Senator Alex Padilla elected president of NALEO
California State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) has been elected President of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). Padilla was elected during the group’s 29th Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida this past weekend. NALEO represents more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials throughout the United States.
“I am humbled and honored that my colleagues have chosen me to lead this organization during such an exciting and historic time for our community,” said newly elected NALEO President Alex Padilla. “I thank President Sylvia Garcia for her tireless efforts on behalf of the organization. I look forward to working with her and the rest of our membership as the Latino community prepares to play a decisive role this November.”
Padilla is the first Californian to serve as President of the Board of NALEO since the late California Congressman Edward R. Roybal, who founded NALEO. Congressman Roybal also founded the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
Born to immigrant parents from Mexico, Padilla went on to graduate from MIT with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was elected to the Los Angeles City Council at the age of 26 and elected President of the council at the age of 28, becoming the first Latino to serve in that role.
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