Nanette Barragán

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Nanette Barragán
Nanette Barragan official portrait.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 44th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded byJanice Hahn
Personal details
Nanette Díaz Barragán

(1976-09-15) September 15, 1976 (age 42)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of California, Los Angeles (BA)
University of Southern California (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Nanette Diaz Barragán (/ˈbærəɡən/;[1] born September 15, 1976) is an American attorney and politician from California who is the United States Representative for California's 44th district. A member of the Democratic Party, she was the first Latina ever elected to the Hermosa Beach City Council.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Barragán was born in Harbor City, California, and grew up the youngest of eleven siblings, raised by immigrants from Mexico in Torrance and the surrounding area, where she attended North Torrance High School and played softball.[3] She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2000 and her Juris Doctor at the University of Southern California in 2005, where she served on the Interdisciplinary Law Journal.[4]

In a hearing in May 2018, she stated that in her case, she would have difficulty showing a relationship between her mother and herself.[5]

During college and until 2003, Barragán served as the Executive Director of the Gillian S. Fuller Foundation (formerly the Fuller Foundation), where she was in charge of funding worthy nonprofits focused on education, the environment, and youth programs. Funded organizations included Heal the Bay, the Nature Conservancy, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Para Los Niños, Proyecto Pastoral, and Literacy Partners, among others.[6]

Legal career[edit]

In 2003, Barragán served as an extern to Justice Carlos Moreno at the California Supreme Court. In 2004, she served as an extern at the Los Angeles Legal Aid Foundation, a law firm for low-income people in Los Angeles. There she assisted in pro per workers who needed assistance filing claims for unpaid overtime and meal breaks.[7]

In 2005, Barragán received an externship at the United States Attorney's Office, Central District of California where she worked with attorneys in the Organized Crime and Terrorism section. While there Barragán assisted on a money laundering trial team, in investigations, and in prosecuting Central Violations Bureau cases.

Barragán then joined Latham & Watkins LLP, where she worked on a variety of cases from land use to securities litigation. While at Latham, Barragán was the lead attorney in an immigration asylum case spanning three years for a child and mother from Guatemala; withholding of removal was granted. After Hurricane Katrina, Barragán and her colleague Blake Megdal flew to Biloxi, Mississippi to provide pro bono assistance to victims of the hurricane concerning insurance claims. She also served as a child advocate and was the Spanish-speaking adoption attorney for low income families seeking adoptions.[8]

Early political career[edit]

Barragán started her political career with the Clinton White House in the Office of Public Liaison doing African American outreach, and served as the facilitator between the President and African American organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In 1999, Barragán worked with the NAACP's Washington Bureau where she worked on health policy and the issue of racial health disparities. Thereafter she volunteered for many federal and local candidates while serving on the Board of the L.A. County Young Democrats for three years prior to attending law school.

In 2012, Barragán took a leave of absence from her law firm to move to Florida to work on President Barack Obama's campaign with the voter protection team. She served as the out-of-state volunteer attorney director and recruited attorneys across the country to volunteer in Florida to make sure every eligible voter had the opportunity to vote.[9][10]

City Council[edit]

After working in Florida for Obama, Barragán ran for Hermosa Beach City Council, fighting an oil company's proposal to drill 34 oil and water injection wells in Hermosa Beach and into the Santa Monica Bay.[11] Barragán beat six candidates and was the top vote-getter.[12] She became the first Latina ever elected and the first woman in ten years.[13]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



Barragán officially announced her candidacy for California's 44th congressional district on Equal Pay Day in mid-April 2015. The seat was being vacated by Congresswoman Janice Hahn.[14]

In June 2015, a local newspaper cited as her motivation for running, "The district is one where only 60 percent graduate from high school and 10 percent go on to college. That’s how people live. I’m one of those 10-percenters who beat the odds. … I’ve achieved the American dream. Now I’m coming home to make sure others have the same shot at the dream."[15]

After announcing her candidacy, Barragán received major endorsements, including EMILY's List, a nationally prominent backer of female Democratic candidates; National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC); the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV); the Latino Victory Project; South Gate Mayor Henry Gonzalez (ret.), South Gate Council members Bill De Witt, Maria Davila and Belen Bernal; Carson Commissioner Janice Schaffer; and scores of congressional members including Rep. Linda Sanchez, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Eric Swalwell, Raul Ruiz, Ruben Gallego, Joaquin Castro, and Lois Frankel.[16][17][18][19][20][21]

In the November 8 general election, Barragán defeated state senator Isadore Hall III to succeed Hahn.[22]


Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus membership[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ As pronounced by herself in "Hard Work".
  2. ^ "Nanette Barragan becomes Hermosa Beach mayor, announces intent to resign July 31". The Beach Reporter. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  3. ^ "Rep. Barragán Hits A Single, Gets RBI At Congressional Baseball Game". Nanette Diaz Barragán. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  4. ^ "13 Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal 2003-2004 Table of Contents - Issue 2". Retrieved November 11, 2015.
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  6. ^ "Nonprofit Profile for The Gillian S Fuller Foundation Inc". Retrieved November 11, 2015.
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  10. ^ "Join the OFA Victory Counsel Voter Protection Team! Calling for attorneys, paralegals, students! - Democratic Underground". Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  11. ^ "Voter Information for Nanette Barragan. November 5, 2013 Election". Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  12. ^ "Barragan, Dulcos, Fangary Still Lead in City Council Race | Patch". Hermosa Beach, CA Patch. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  13. ^ "Nanette Barragan becomes Hermosa Beach mayor, announces intent to resign July 31". The Beach Reporter. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  14. ^ "Hermosa Beach official joins 2016 race to succeed Rep. Janice Hahn". Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  15. ^ "Nanette Barragan will step down from Hermosa Beach City Council to focus on run for Congress". Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  16. ^ "Emily's List backed Nanette Barragan, signaling a heated House race in L.A. area". Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  17. ^ "EMILY's List Endorses Nanette Barragan for Congress in California's 44th District". Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  18. ^ "2016 Endorsed Candidates". Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  19. ^ "Endorsements | California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV)". Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  20. ^ "Current Endorsements". NWPC CA. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  21. ^ "Latino Victory Fund Announces First Round of 2016 Endorsements". Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  22. ^ The New York Times (2016-11-09). "California U.S. House 44th District Results: Nanette Barragán Wins".
  23. ^ "Members". Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  24. ^ "Caucus Members". Congressional Progressive Caucus. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  25. ^ "Members". Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Retrieved 17 May 2018.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Janice Hahn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 44th congressional district

Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Jim Banks
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Jack Bergman