Politician and member of the Democratic Party who became a representative of California's forty-fourth congressional district in 2013. She previously represented the 36th district before re-districting.
She earned a bachelor's degree in teaching from Abilene Christian University in 1974.
Her district includes parts of Orange County and Riverside.
Her brother is former L.A. mayor
In 2010 she ran for Lieutenant Governor of California but was defeated in the primary by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.