Last month, South Gate representative Anthony Rendon was tapped to become the next Speaker of the California Assembly, starting in January. This means both houses of the state legislature will soon be led by Latinos - Kevin de León became Senate President pro Tempore last year.
Rendon, a Democrat, has been a member of the Assembly since 2012 where he represents the 63rd District, which stretches from Bell and Cudahy in the north to Long Beach. He's third-generation Mexican-American, the grandchild of immigrants who arrived starting in the 1920s. He grew up in Southern California and attended local colleges and universities.