VAN NUYS, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), Chair of the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee to be keynote speaker at the University of Southern California (USC) this Friday, January 27 at 12 noon in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Rosen Family Theatre, Room 227.

“I’m looking forward to talking about my experiences in California politics with the students and faculty of USC. What we do here in California influences our nation and the world. When I was a student at MIT, I took advantage of these types of speaker programs because they added a real world perspective to what I was learning in the classroom,” said Senator Alex Padilla.

Alex Padilla, a graduate of MIT with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, was elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 1999 at the age of 26. Two years later his colleagues elected him council president. Padilla was not only the first Latino, but the youngest person ever elected city council president in Los Angeles. He was unanimously re-elected twice and served as council president of America’s second largest city for four and half years. Padilla was elected to the State Senate in November 2006 and successfully re-elected in November 2010. In the Senate he has won legislative approval for 69 bills, 54 of which have been signed into law.

The Latino Leaders Fireside Chat Series is sponsored by the Latina/o Student Assembly and El Centro Chicano. The series showcases and acknowledges Latino leaders in the community who continuously push for social change in America by inviting prominent Latino leaders to campus to discuss their paths to success, the meaning of Latino identity, and their thoughts on the future of Latinos in America. The series provides students and faculty an opportunity to listen first hand to the inspirational story of individuals who have risen to success in their field.

Who: Senator Alex Padilla, Chair, Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee
What: Fireside Chat Series – Latino Leaders
When: Friday, January 27, from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Where: University of Southern California (USC), Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Rosen Family Theatre, Room 227

For more information on the event please call Juan Espinoza at 213-740-7906.

Senator Alex Padilla represents more than 900,000 residents of the 20th State Senate District which includes most of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles.