An experienced leader and champion for California working families
Virginia Madueño is an experienced leader and a champion for California working families running for Congress to expand economic opportunity for all. Virginia’s parents and her older siblings immigrated from Michoacán, Mexico before she was born in Modesto, California. Her immigrant parents worked tirelessly in the canneries and the fields to support their six children, and at a young age she was inspired by the positive impact that Cesar Chavez and the labor movement had on working conditions for her family. As a high school student, Virginia worked as a Spanish language translator for a migrant community service worker going door to door to connect hardworking families like hers with the resources and services available to help them achieve economic security. She became the first member of her family to graduate from college, and went on to serve her community in the county government for over a decade. Virginia served as Stanislaus County’s first public information officer, and then established her own public relations and marketing firm specializing in grassroots outreach, social marketing, and media relations to help businesses and government agencies connect with the underserved Spanish-speaking community. She was elected to serve her community as a member of the Riverbank City Council from 2005 to 2008, and elected as mayor from 2009 to 2012. Virginia is a champion for small businesses, and as mayor she worked with the United States Army to convert an old ammunition plant into a jobs hub that helped small businesses bring more jobs to the community. In 2013, Governor Jerry Brown appointed her to the California Boating and Waterways Commission. Virginia and her husband are the parents of three sons, and she is fighting to move California forward for all working families.
A dedicated public servant fighting to expand economic opportunity
Virginia is running to expand economic opportunity and to help create good-paying jobs so that all Californians can thrive. She is fighting for all Joaquin Valley working families to achieve their American dream. As the daughter of immigrants from Mexico, “I understand the true inherent value of what it is to make it in this country,” she has said. As a young girl, Virginia’s family recalls the historic 1966 United Farm Workers march from Delano to Sacramento. Her uncle, a farm labor contractor, brought food and water to the marchers — an event that “reminds me every day that things shouldn't be taken for granted,” she has said. Virginia is a powerful advocate for expanding access to quality affordable health care, and she will fight back against Republicans’ attempts to undo all the progress we’ve worked so hard to make. The issue of health care is deeply personal for Virginia, who was one of the millions of uninsured Americans who obtained coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Because of a pre-existing condition, “I was denied health insurance for over four years,” she has said, and she has personally experienced the fear and stigma attached to being an uninsured American. Early in life, Virginia faced life-threatening bacterial meningitis, but was sent home from the hospital because her parents couldn’t afford the care she needed. A kind doctor advocated on her behalf and saved her life, and today Virginia is committed to fighting for every American’s right to access the health care they need. When elected, she will fiercely defend the economic security and the dignity of every Californian and every American.
An opportunity to flip a seat and take back the House
Virginia is challenging vulnerable incumbent Republican Congressman Jeff Denham in California’s 10th District — one of the 23 Republican-held districts that voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Our path to taking back the House runs straight through districts like this one, and Virginia has what it takes to flip this seat. Congressman Denham has sided with President Donald Trump’s dangerous agenda nearly 99 percent of the time, hurting the working families he was elected to serve. Denham has worked to undo the progress we’ve worked so hard to make — including attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act and threatening thousands of Californians’ access to health care. Let’s show Virginia our full support as she fights to make the voices of San Joaquin families heard in Congress, flip this seat, and take back the House.