Assemblywoman Patty Lopez, D-San Fernando, at left, is sworn in on Dec. 1, 2014, at the Capitol after unexpectedly defeating an incumbent assemblyman and fellow Democrat, Raul Bocanegra.
Assemblywoman Patty Lopez, D-San Fernando, at left, is sworn in on Dec. 1, 2014, at the Capitol after unexpectedly defeating an incumbent assemblyman and fellow Democrat, Raul Bocanegra. Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com
Assemblywoman Patty Lopez, D-San Fernando, at left, is sworn in on Dec. 1, 2014, at the Capitol after unexpectedly defeating an incumbent assemblyman and fellow Democrat, Raul Bocanegra. Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com
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