Nanette Diaz Barragán is proud to represent California’s 44th Congressional District, which includes the communities of Carson, Compton, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, San Pedro, South Gate, Walnut Park, Watts/Willowbrook, and Wilmington.
Rep. Barragán was born in Harbor City, California and grew up in Carson and the surrounding area. As the youngest of eleven children raised by immigrants from Mexico, she beat the odds and put herself through UCLA and USC Law School.
In 2003, Rep. Barragán served as an extern to Justice Carlos Moreno at the California Supreme Court. The next year, she served at the Los Angeles Legal Aid Foundation, a law firm for low-income people in Los Angeles.
Rep. Barragán has worked as a community advocate in Los Angeles as well as in Washington. She worked in the White House in the late 90’s and then at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People – focusing on racial and social justice issues.
While serving as a Councilwoman, she stood up to an oil company to stop a proposal to drill thirty-four oil and water injection wells in Hermosa Beach and out into the Santa Monica Bay. She became the first Latina ever elected and the first woman in ten years.
Rep. Barragán began her congressional career in January of 2017, where she is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Progressive Caucus. She serves on the Committee on Homeland Security and Natural Resources. She lives in San Pedro, CA.