Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán, California’s 44th District Representative
Nanette Diaz Barragán represents California’s 44th Congressional District, which includes the cities of and 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 11 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 NAACP – focusing on racial and social justice issues.
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 lives in San Pedro, CA.
Anna Valencia Named Chicago City Clerk
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed Anna Valencia, a longtime public servant, as City Clerk. Valencia replaced Susana Mendoza, who took over as Illinois state comptroller after defeating Republican Leslie Geissler Munger in the November election.
“Anna has proven herself as the next generation of leadership. For parents of immigrants, in Chicago and around the country, Anna is proof the struggle and sacrifice is worth it,” said Mayor Emanuel. “She brings an energy, a focus, and a sense of passion for public service to the City Clerk’s office, and I know she will serve the people of Chicago well.”
Valencia served as the Mayor’s Director of Legislative Counsel and Government Affairs (LCGA), a key office that serves as liaison with elected officials, government agencies and community organizations at the local, state and federal levels.
“It is an absolute honor and privilege to serve the residents of the City of Chicago, and I want to thank the Mayor for again placing his trust in me,” said Valencia. “I look forward to continuing to work with Mayor Emanuel and his administration to simplify Chicagoans’ interactions with city government and build on the commonsense reforms that Comptroller Mendoza began. Just as importantly, I look forward to launching the Municipal ID program as a national model for helping vulnerable populations access City services and programs.”
Valencia began her career with the City of Chicago as an Assistant to Mayor Emanuel as a part of the Legislative Counsel and Government Affairs team. Since then, Valencia has built an impressive career as a seasoned Illinois political professional, serving as Campaign Manager for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin’s re-election campaign, Senior Advisor for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s re-election campaign, Deputy Director of the Illinois Senate Democratic Victory Fund, a Communications Staffer for State Senate President John Cullerton, and Field Director for both Mike Quigley for Congress (IL-05) and Gary Peters for Congress (MI-09).
ComEd Appoints Verónica Gómez as Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Verónica Gómez serves as ComEd’s primary legal advisor and oversees the company’s regulatory policy, strategy and rates function. She replaces Thomas S. O’Neill, who was recently appointed as the senior vice president and general counsel of Exelon. Gómez will report to Anne Pramaggiore, ComEd president & CEO.
“I am delighted to have Veronica join my senior team. She is a proven leader and exceptional thinker whose experience and knowledge in regulatory policy will provide continued focus in our strategic efforts,” said Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of ComEd. “Her knowledge of our company and insight into the direction we’re trying to move in as a 21st century utility will be an invaluable asset to us achieving our goals.”
Gómez previously served as the vice president and deputy general counsel for litigation at Exelon, ComEd’s parent company. In that role, Gómez was responsible for litigation cases on behalf of all Exelon companies, including ComEd. This litigation included third-party disputes and litigation in support of multi-billion dollar transactions. Prior to joining Exelon, Gómez was a litigation partner at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg and before that at Schopf & Weiss (now Honigman Miller), where she served on the Executive Committee.
Gómez grew up in Darien, Ill., and graduated from Hinsdale South High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics with departmental honors in Political Science from Stanford University and her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. Gómez serves on several boards including Illinois Legal Aid Online, the Chicago Bar Foundation, and Friends of Jones College Prep. She also is a Governing Member Ambassador for the Chicago Zoological Society.