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Nanette Barragán
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 47)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of California, Los Angeles (BA)
University of Southern California (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Nanette Díaz Barragán (/nəˈnɛt ˈbærəɡən/ nə-NET BARR-ə-gən;[1] born September 15, 1976)[2] is an American attorney and politician serving as the U.S. representative for California's 44th congressional district since 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, she was a Hermosa Beach City councilmember from 2013 to 2015.[3]

Early life and education


Barragán was born in Harbor City, Los Angeles; she is the youngest of 11 siblings, raised by immigrants from Mexico in Torrance and the surrounding area, where she attended North Torrance High School and played softball.[4] 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.[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 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.[6]


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 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. There she assisted on a money laundering trial team, in investigations, and in prosecuting Central Violations Bureau cases.[citation needed]

Barragán then joined Latham & Watkins LLP, where she worked on a variety of cases from land use to securities litigation. While at Latham, she 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 with 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


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, she worked with the NAACP's Washington Bureau on health policy and 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 before attending law school.[citation needed]

In 2012, Barragán took a leave of absence from her law firm to move to Florida to work on President Barack Obama's reelection 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]

Hermosa Beach City Council


In 2013, 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] She beat six other candidates,[12] becoming the first Latina elected to the council and the first woman in ten years.[citation needed]

Barragán resigned from office on July 31, 2015, to run for Congress in the state's 44th district.[13]

U.S. House of Representatives

Barragán asks questions at a hearing on U.S. Customs and Border Protection





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 Democrat Janice Hahn, who decided to run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.[14]

In June 2015, Barragán said, "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; former South Gate Mayor Henry Gonzalez; South Gate Council members Bill De Witt, Maria Davila and Belen Bernal; Carson Commissioner Janice Schaffer; and scores of congressional members, including Representatives 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.[22]



In the November 6, 2018, general election, Barragán faced Compton mayor Aja Brown, who had withdrawn from the campaign in April due to her pregnancy with her first child.[23] Barragán defeated Brown, 97,944 votes (68.3%) to 45,378 (31.7%).



In the November 3, 2020, general election, Barragán faced fellow Democrat Analilia Joya and won, 139,661 votes (67.8%) to 66,375 (32.2%).



In July 2019, Barragán toured facilities on the Mexico–United States border with a congressional delegation.[24]

Barragán has a reputation as difficult to work for and has struggled to retain staff.[25] Analysis by Legistorm, a site that tracks congressional employment, found that her personal office had the third highest rate of turnover in the House of Representatives between 2001 and 2021.[26]

Barragán assumed leadership of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in January 2023 despite caucus members' fears over her reputation as a toxic boss.[27] Caucus staffers including the executive director quit before she assumed leadership. Barragán hired a well-respected congressional staffer as caucus executive director but fired her a month into her tenure, the cause being an email the executive director sent about the House and Senate floor schedule that Barragán was unhappy with, a person familiar with the situation told The Washington Post.[27] The dismissal, combined with earlier resignations, left the caucus without staff.

Committee assignments


For the 118th Congress:[28]

Caucus membership


Political positions




Barragán has a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America and an F rating from the Susan B. Anthony List for her abortion-related voting record.[33][34] She opposed the overturning of Roe v. Wade, calling it "a sad day."[35]

Big Tech


In 2022, Barragán was one of 16 Democrats to vote against the Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act of 2022, an antitrust package that would crack down on corporations for anti-competitive behavior.[36][37]



Banning hydrofluoric acid at oil refineries


Barragán supports banning hydrofluoric acid (HF) at oil refineries, where it is often the chemical used for producing the high octane alkylate component of gasoline.  She has pointed out the danger of storing the volatile chemical on site at refineries, where explosions are not uncommon, where there are limited safeguards against natural disasters and terrorist incidents, and where many plants already have long histories of limited accidental HF release incidents.[38]  A larger release could cause a toxic ground hugging cloud leading to a mass casualty event in the vicinity of the release site.[39]

Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023


Barragán was among the 46 Democrats who voted against final passage of the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 in the House.[40]



Barragan voted to provide Israel with support following 2023 Hamas attack on Israel.[41][42]

Personal life


Barragán watches and plays baseball. In high school, she petitioned school leadership to allow girls to try out for the school's baseball team.[43] Her favorite team is the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2017, she was invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium.[44] Since 2017, Barragán has played in the annual Congressional Baseball Game. She has also played in the Congressional Women's Softball Game.[43]

Barragán is Roman Catholic.[45][46]

See also



  1. ^ As pronounced by herself in "Hard Work"
  2. ^ Born Nanette B. Barragan per CaliforniaBirthIndex.org; accessed January 21, 2022.
  3. ^ "Nanette Barragan becomes Hermosa Beach mayor, announces intent to resign July 31". The Beach Reporter. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  4. ^ "Rep. Barragán Hits A Single, Gets RBI At Congressional Baseball Game". Nanette Diaz Barragán. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "13 Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal 2003-2004 Table of Contents - Issue 2". Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal. 13. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  6. ^ "Nonprofit Profile for The Gillian S Fuller Foundation Inc". www.guidestar.org. Archived from the original on August 3, 2021. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  7. ^ "Public Service Externship Handbook" (PDF). USC Law School. 2006–2007. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  8. ^ "Pro Bono Annual Review" (PDF). Latham & Watkins LLP. 2006. p. 10. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 28, 2020. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  9. ^ "Explore USC Law Magazine Online" (PDF). USC Law Magazine. Summer 2013. p. 3. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  10. ^ "Join the OFA Victory Counsel Voter Protection Team! Calling for attorneys, paralegals, students! - Democratic Underground". www.democraticunderground.com. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  11. ^ "Voter Information for Nanette Barragan. November 5, 2013 Election". www.smartvoter.org. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  12. ^ "Barragan, Dulcos, Fangary Still Lead in City Council Race | Patch". Hermosa Beach, CA Patch. November 13, 2013. 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". Los Angeles Times. April 15, 2015. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  15. ^ "Nanette Barragan will step down from Hermosa Beach City Council to focus on run for Congress". www.dailybreeze.com. June 24, 2015. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  16. ^ "Emily's List backed Nanette Barragan, signaling a heated House race in L.A. area". Los Angeles Times. August 21, 2015. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  17. ^ "EMILY's List Endorses Nanette Barragan for Congress in California's 44th District". www.emilyslist.org. Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  18. ^ "2016 Endorsed Candidates". www.poderpac.com. Archived from the original on November 1, 2015. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  19. ^ "Endorsements | California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV)". www.ecovote.org. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  20. ^ "Current Endorsements". NWPC CA. Archived from the original on November 23, 2015. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  21. ^ "Latino Victory Fund Announces First Round of 2016 Endorsements". LatinoVictory.us. November 3, 2015. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  22. ^ The New York Times (November 9, 2016). "California U.S. House 44th District Results: Nanette Barragán Wins". The New York Times.
  23. ^ Hutson, Darralynn (April 6, 2018). "Compton Mayor Aja Brown Drops Out of Congressional Race, Days After Stacey Dash Withdraws". LA Weekly. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  24. ^ Wu, Nicholas (July 20, 2019). "Lawmaker describes 'unacceptable' border detention conditions, meets with US citizen in Border Patrol custody". USA TODAY. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  25. ^ O'Keefe, Ed (February 9, 2023). "Congressional Hispanic Caucus considering ousting leader over sudden staff exodus". CBS. Retrieved February 13, 2023.
  26. ^ "Worst Bosses?". Legistorm. Retrieved February 13, 2023.
  27. ^ a b Sotomayor, Marianna; Caldwell, Leigh Ann (February 11, 2023). "Top Democrat who leads Hispanic caucus under fire". Washington Post. Retrieved February 13, 2023.
  28. ^ "Nanette Diaz Barragán". Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Retrieved May 1, 2023.
  29. ^ "Members". Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Archived from the original on May 15, 2018. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  30. ^ "Caucus Members". Congressional Progressive Caucus. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  31. ^ "Members". Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  32. ^ "Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute".
  33. ^ "Nanette Barragan". SBA Pro-Life America. Retrieved June 28, 2022.
  34. ^ "Nanette Diaz Barragán". NARAL Pro-Choice America. Retrieved June 28, 2022.
  35. ^ Barragán, Nanette (June 24, 2022). "It is a sad day in America. One that should also scare us all. The Supreme Court has just taken away women's right to healthcare and reproductive rights. This decision endangers women everywhere. This should outrage us all to act. This should move us to act. With urgency". Twitter. Retrieved June 28, 2022.
  36. ^ "House passes antitrust bill that hikes M&A fees as larger efforts targeting tech have stalled". CNBC. September 29, 2022.
  37. ^ "H.R. 3843: Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act of 2022 -- House Vote #460 -- Sep 29, 2022".
  38. ^ Barragán, Nanette (August 8, 2017). "Letter from Representatives Lieu and Barragan to Dr. William Burke, Chair, South Coast Air Quality Management District" (PDF). Torrance Refinery Action Alliance. Retrieved October 19, 2023.
  39. ^ Wigglesworth, Alex (February 15, 2020). "Activists marking Torrance refinery explosion anniversary call for investigation". Los Angeles Times.
  40. ^ Gans, Jared (May 31, 2023). "Republicans and Democrats who bucked party leaders by voting no". The Hill. Retrieved June 6, 2023.
  41. ^ Demirjian, Karoun (October 25, 2023). "House Declares Solidarity With Israel in First Legislation Under New Speaker". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 30, 2023.
  42. ^ Washington, U. S. Capitol Room H154; p:225-7000, DC 20515-6601 (October 25, 2023). "Roll Call 528 Roll Call 528, Bill Number: H. Res. 771, 118th Congress, 1st Session". Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved October 30, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  43. ^ a b Lyons, Kathryn (June 26, 2019). "Diamonds are Reps. Linda Sánchez and Nanette Barragán's best friend". Roll Call. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  44. ^ Van Dyke, Jonathan (March 8, 2018). "UCLA Advocate In Action: U.S. Rep. Nanette Barragán Looks To Lead By Example". Government & Community Relations. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  45. ^ "Religious affiliation of members of 118th Congress" (PDF). PEW Research Center. Retrieved May 13, 2023.
  46. ^ "Faith on the Hill: The religious composition of the 118th Congress". Pew Research Center. Retrieved March 6, 2023.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 44th congressional district

Preceded by Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by United States representatives by seniority
Succeeded by