California Senator Maria Elena Durazo

I Love the Dodgers

Maria Elena Durazo is a California state senator representing Los Angeles. The seventh of 11 children born to migrant farm worker parents, she is a giant of the California labor movement, having led Local 11 of UNITE HERE and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. Before joining the panel at a Zócalo event in Sacramento called “What Is a Good Job Now for Fairness in the Workplace?”—presented in partnership with The James Irvine Foundation—she spoke about picking cotton, her Volkswagen convertible, and her political hero.