Photo courtesy http://barraganforcongress.com/
Photo courtesy http://barraganforcongress.com/

Former Hermosa Beach Councilwoman Nanette Barragan was sworn in to the House of Representatives, the lone new member of the 435-person body from Los Angeles County.

Barragan tweeted that it was an “emotional day to have my family in the gallery” as she was sworn in Tuesday.

Barragan upset then-Senator Isadore Hall III, a fellow Democrat, 52.2 percent-47.8 percent in November to win the 44th Congressional District seat vacated by Janice Hahn to successfully run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Barragan drew 22 percent of the vote in a 10-candidate field in the June primary, finishing second behind Hall, who received 40.1 percent of the vote.

During the campaign, Barragan, D-San Pedro, said she was “fighting for you, not the billionaires.”

Barragan promised to support strengthening and expanding Medicare and Social Security; increase federal funding for education; fight against air and water pollution; and ensure sufficient federal funding for mental health services and programs in an attempt to reduce homelessness.

The 40-year-old Barragan is the youngest of 11 children raised in Carson by immigrants from Mexico. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA and law degree from USC.

Barragan was an intern in the White House’s Office of Public Liaison during the Clinton administration. She worked for several Los Angeles law firms and was elected to the Hermosa Beach City Council in 2013.

—City News Service

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