Today, Tony Cardenas will assume his position in Washington, D.C., as he becomes the first Latino to represent the San Fernando Valley in the House of Representatives.
Cardenas, 49, a former businessman and Los Angeles city councilman, won the Nov. 6 election against "little-known, underfunded opponents in the primary and general elections," according to the L.A. Times.
He garnered endorsements from notable politicians such as L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, L.A. County Supervisors Gloria Molina and Don Knabe, and state Senator Alex Padilla, according to www.tonycardenasforcongress.com. He also was elected to the State Assembly in 1996.
Cardenas is one of 14 new lawmakers from California headed to Washington today, according to NBC L.A.
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