Adm. Perez graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1980. He currently serves as commander, Carrier Strike Group One. At sea, he served as electrical officer and main propulsion assistant and as an operations officer, and commanded a destroyer squadron and several ships. Ashore, he served as the program integrator for the Ballistic Missile Defense program, as future ships branch head and on the Joint Chiefs of Staff as an assistant deputy director. He earned a master's degree at the Naval Postgraduate School.
Jimmie V. Reyna
U.S. Court of Appeals
Mr. Reyna was appointed by President Obama in 2011. Previously, he was an international trade attorney and shareholder at Williams Mullen, serving on its board from 2006-08 and from 2009-11. He was the founder and senior co-editor of the Hispanic National Bar Association Journal of Law and Policy. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester and his J.D. degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law.
Carol A. Robles-Roman
Deputy mayor for legal affairs and counsel to the mayor
Ms. Robles-Roman oversees several city agencies that improve the public's access to justice and city services. She spearheaded the efforts to reform New York City's administrative tribunals. Prior to her city government work, she held executive posts with the New York State Unified Court System. She has served as senior vice president and general counsel of the mainland offices of the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Co. She has a juris doctorate from New York University School of Law and a bachelor's degree from Fordham University at Lincoln Center.
Mr. Rubio attended Tarkio College in Missouri for one year on a football scholarship before transferring to Santa Fe Community College and graduated in 1993 with a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida. He earned his juris doctor degree at the University of Miami in 1996. From 2000-08, he served in the Florida House of Representatives as majority whip, majority leader and speaker of the house. At the end of his tenure as speaker, he resumed his law practice.
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Ms. Salas was nominated to her position by President Obama in January. She was confirmed by the Senate in June. Previously, she had been as a U.S. magistrate judge for the District of New Jersey, a position she has held since 2006. She previously served as an assistant federal public defender for the District of New Jersey from 1997 to 2006. Prior to that she was an associate at a law firm, and she had served as a law clerk for a Superior Court judge. She has a bachelor's degree and J.D. from Rutgers University.
Mr. Sandoval came to the office of governor after a long career in public service. He served as the state's first Hispanic federal judge, appointed by President Bush in October 2005. He was elected Nevada's attorney general in 2002. He also had served a member of the Nevada Gaming Commission, the youngest person ever to serve as the state's chief gaming regulator, and two terms in the Nevada Legislature. His law practice has been varied, engaging in litigation, administrative and adoption matters. His honors include the Hispanics in Politics' Broche de Oro, and the Latino Coalition's Most Influential Hispanic in the U.S. and Excellence in Leadership awards. His bachelor's degree comes from the University of Nevada and his law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
Attorney and former Providence Housing Court Judge Taveras was elected Providence's 37th and first Hispanic mayor in November 2010. He received 82 percent of the vote. He received his law degree from Georgetown University and practiced at the prestigious firm of Brown Rudnick LLP before forming his own firm, Taveras Law Office PC. He was a founding board member of New Urban Arts, served on the board of the Providence Plan, and on the International Institute's board of advisers. Before pursuing his career as a lawyer, he used a fellowship award to create an after-school programs and summer day camp at the Elmwood Community Center in Providence.
Camelia M. Valdes
Passaic County prosecutor
Ms. Valdes became the first woman Hispanic county prosecutor in the state, the first woman prosecutor in Passaic County, and the nation's first lead prosecutor of Dominican ancestry. She has served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Newark office of the U.S. Attorney's Office, where she served in the government frauds, terrorism and violent crimes units. She also had been an assistant counsel in the governor's counsel's office, a Division of Criminal Justice deputy attorney general, a municipal prosecutor for Newark and a Newark Teachers Union staff attorney. She is a past president of the Hispanic Bar Association. She has degrees from Seton Hall University and from Rutgers Law School.
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