Lucille Roybal-Allard

Lucille Roybal-Allard
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 40th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Ed Royce
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 34th district
In office
January 3, 2003  January 3, 2013
Preceded by Grace Napolitano
Succeeded by Xavier Becerra
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 33rd district
In office
January 3, 1993  January 3, 2003
Preceded by David Dreier
Succeeded by Diane Watson
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 56th district
In office
Preceded by Gloria Molina
Succeeded by Martha Escutia
Personal details
Born Lucille Elsa Roybal
(1941-06-12) June 12, 1941
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Edward Allard
Children Ricardo Olivarez
Lisa Marie
Angela (Stepdaughter)
Guy Mark (Stepson)
Alma mater California State University, Los Angeles
Religion Roman Catholic

Lucille Elsa Roybal-Allard (born June 12, 1941) is the U.S. Representative for California's 40th congressional district, serving in Congress since 1993. She is a member of the Democratic Party. Since redistricting in 2010, the district no longer includes downtown Los Angeles.

Early life, education and career

She was born in Boyle Heights, California, the daughter of Representative Edward R. Roybal and Lucille Beserra Roybal. She was educated at Ramona Convent Secondary School in Alhambra, California, and California State University, Los Angeles.

She was a public relations officer and fund raising executive. She was also a member of the California State Assembly [1] from 1986 to 1992.

U.S. House of Representatives

Committee assignments


She currently sits on the House Appropriations and Standards of Official Conduct committees. She has also served as the chair of the California Democratic congressional delegation (1998–1999) and of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. She has also been active in the Congressional Children's Caucus and on the Democratic Homeland Security and the Livable Communities task forces.

She is the first Mexican-American woman to serve in Congress. Along with Nydia Velazquez of New York City, she was the second Latina after Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Miami, and with Velazquez, the first Democrat and the first elected to a full term.


Roybal-Allard introduced the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2013 (H.R. 1281; 113th Congress) into the House on March 20, 2013. The bill would amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize grant programs and other initiatives to promote expanded screening of newborns and children for heritable disorders.[2] Roybal-Allard argued that "newborn screening not only transforms and save lives - it saves money."[3] According to Roybal-Allard, in California "newborns are screened for more than 40 preventable and treatable conditions – and for every one dollar California spends on screening, it yields a benefit of over $9 as we prevent disease in children who are diagnosed with these treatable conditions."[3]

Political campaigns

In 1992, she won the Democratic nomination for the newly created 33rd District. She won handily in November, and has been reelected ten times as of 2012. Her district was renumbered as the 34th after the 2000 Census and the 40th after the 2010 Census.

Personal life

Roybal-Allard is married to Edward T. Allard III. She has two children, Ricardo Olivarez and Lisa Marie Roybal Elliott[4] (born Olivarez), two stepchildren, Angela Allard and Guy Mark Allard, and four grandchildren. Her husband is a management consultant and a retired Marine Corps captain. She lives in Downey, California.[5]

See also


  1. Capitol Museum Archived April 26, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. "CBO - H.R. 1281". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  3. 1 2 "Rep. Roybal-Allard and Rep. Simpson introduce the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Authorization Act". House Office of Rep. Roybal-Allard. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  4. LRA Press Release
  5. Genovario, Kevin (2012-10-26). "Downey, California Shootings UPDATE: Man Detained for Questioning". Retrieved 2016-09-28.
California Assembly
Preceded by
Gloria Molina
Member of the California Assembly
from the 56th district

Succeeded by
Martha Escutia
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
David Dreier
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 33rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Diane Watson
Preceded by
Grace Napolitano
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 34th congressional district

Succeeded by
Xavier Becerra
Preceded by
Xavier Becerra
Chairperson of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Succeeded by
Silvestre Reyes
Preceded by
Ed Royce
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 40th congressional district

United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
John Mica
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Ed Royce
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