US Representative for California's 34th, 38th and 32nd districts. Initially elected to the 34th in 1998. Born in Brownsville, TX December 4, 1936; attended Cerritos College, Norwalk, CA.; attended Texas Southmost College, Brownsville, TX.; elected to Norwalk, CA., city council, 1986; mayor of Norwalk, CA., 1989-1990; member of the California state legislature, 1992-1998.