Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, the first Mexican American woman elected to the Congress to stand on a committee of the House of Representatives, said she would not be re-elected.
His announcement on Monday resonated with Latinas throughout the public office.
The California Democrat has helped open the doors of Congress halls to many Latin people and women of all races and ethnicities.
“After 30 years in the House of Representatives, the time has come for me to spend more time with my family. So I decided not to run for office, ”Roybal-Allard, 80, tweeted.
The first Hispanic to be elected to Congress, a former U.S. diplomat Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., is of Cuban descent. Like Roybal-Allard, Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., First entered Congress in 1993. She is from Puerto Rican.
Roybal-Allard came to Congress in the shadow of his father, former US diplomat Edward Roybal, who also served for 30 years and was the founder of the Congress Hispanic Caucus.
But Roybal-Allard, who was born in a Latin-American neighborhood at Boyle Heights in Los Angeles, built his own legacy of conference during the Thirty Years' House of Representatives.
He has won the position of "cardinal" of the House, a moniker given to ANC members who are chairs of the House Appropriations Committee, which oversees the organisation's coffers.
Roybal-Allard is the first Latina to become a cardinal. He chairs the House Appropriations Committee sub-committee on national security.
In a statement following her announcement, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Called her "a full-fledged force of progress" and "a respected leader in our caucus."
Allard was one of the first co-authors of what came to be the DREAM Act, introduced in 2001 to allow young children who grew up in the United States but were not legally here to become permanent legal citizens.
He has repeatedly introduced the law, backed by Democrats and Republicans in the House and the Senate. The ANC has never approved it.
She is also the chair of the Congress Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform, which was formed in 2013 when women and children arrived at the border from Central America during the Obama administration.
At the time, Roybal-Allard said the voices of women and children needed to be heard in the immigration crisis.
"The Congresswoman Roybal-Allard's commitment to our immigrant communities is in her DNA, not just following in the footsteps of her mythical father, but burning a trace as the first Mexican American woman elected to Congress," Pelosi said in a statement.
But the Roybal-Allard region, including South and East Los Angeles, was ended with a process of years of redrawing the country's borders. The region had more Latin voters than any other country in 2010, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The process takes place every 10 years and involves the redrawing of the boundaries of the congressional districts according to the latest demographics from the census. An independent panel draws maps.
The population of California has not grown as much as other provinces, so we have lost one congressional seat, dropping to 52.