Politician and Democrat who became a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California in 1993. He became the Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus in 2013 and he holds two Caucus memberships and is pro-choice.
He received his J.D. from Stanford Law School before working as a Lawyer at the Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts.
He is a prominent member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and served as its chairman during the 105th Congress.
He has three children with his wife, physician Carolina Reyes.
He ran against Antonio Villaraigosa in the 2011 Los Angeles Mayoral race.