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Nanette Barragán believes that regardless of age, income, zip code, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation, we all want the same things: We want the opportunity to find a good-paying job, access to great schools, and safe, healthy communities where you can raise a family.
As the youngest of eleven kids raised by parents who immigrated to this country from Mexico, she knows that you have to fight for those things. Nanette grew up in Carson and the surrounding areas where she attended Stephen M. White Middle School, learned to swim at Carson Pool, and studied at the Carson Library. In a district where the median income is $44,000, only 60% of students graduate from high school, and only 10% graduate from college, she beat the odds and put herself through UCLA and USC Law School.
Nanette worked in Washington at the White House for President Clinton and at the NAACP, where she focused on social justice issues and researched racial health disparities. Most recently she was a leader in the successful fight against Measure O, a ballot measure that would have allowed oil companies to drill in the Santa Monica Bay. She served as the first Latina ever elected to the Hermosa Beach City Council.
In Congress, Nanette will fight for working people. That means protecting American jobs, bringing more good-paying jobs with benefits to our community, raising the minimum wage, and guaranteeing equal pay for equal work.