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Ricardo Lara Biography

California State Senator
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“[C]alifornia stands poised to tackle immigration detention through a bill we introduced earlier this year, which now sits a signature away from becoming state law. Senate Bill 1289, the Dignity Not Detention Act, would make it unlawful for California and local municipalities to enter into immigration detention contracts with private prison corporations. It would also ensure better treatment for those in facilities across the state and provide extra protections for LGBTQ-identifying immigrants…

Many of these immigrants are refugees or asylum seekers whose only option for survival was to embark on the perilous trek to the United States. Rather than profiting from their suffering, California can take a decidedly humane approach, one that treats immigrants with dignity and does not involve California as an accomplice in their abuse.”

Cowritten with Grisel Ruiz and Christina Fialho, “California Has the Opportunity to Lead the Nation with Dignity, Not Detention,”, Sep. 16, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • California State Senator (D), 33rd Legislative District, 2013-present
  • Chair, California Senate Appropriations Committee
  • Member, California Legislative LGBT Caucus
  • Recipient, Citizen of the Year Award, National Association for Bilingual Education, 2014
  • Chair, California Latino Legislative Caucus, 2013-2014
  • Recipient, Harvey Milk Champions of Change Award, the White House, 2013
  • Member, California State Assembly, 50th Assembly District, 2010-2012
  • Member, Los Angeles Planning Commission, 2009-2010
  • Communications Director, California State Assembly, Jan. 2008-Nov. 2010
  • District Director, Office of Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, May 2006-Dec. 2008
  • EML (Executive Master of Leadership), University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy, 2010
  • BA, Journalism, San Diego State University, 1999
  • Born to parents who immigrated to the United States illegally from Mexico
  • Twitter handle: @senricardolara