|Name||Nicole M. Parra|
Hanford, California , United States
|| February 03, 1970
Dec 06, 2006 08:34pm
Hispanic - Anti-Gay Marriage - Pro-Affirmative Action - Pro-Capital Punishment - Pro-Choice - Pro-Gun control -
|Info||Representing the 30th Assembly District, Assemblywoman Parra serves California’s southern Central Valley. The 30th Assembly District is made up of portions of Fresno County, Tulare County, Kern County and all of Kings County. |
Assemblywoman Parra serves as Chair of the prestigious Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC). She also serves on the Agriculture, Banking & Finance and Water Parks and Wildlife Committees. Currently, she chairs the Assembly Select Committee on Water, Infrastructure and the Economy.
Representing a region where agriculture reigns as the number one industry, Assemblywoman Parra has authored several key bills that would aid farmers and workers. She has also created an Agriculture Advisory Group, which gives farmers throughout the district a forum to discuss issues relating to the industry.
Vowing to make public safety one of her main priorities, Assemblywoman Parra chaired the Select Committee on Megan's Law and Sex Offender Registration. She has also authored several key bills aimed at strengthening and expanding Megan’s Law in California.
Her efforts to improve public safety have not gone unnoticed. She has been honored by several organizations including: Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 2004 Legislator of the Year by the Sexual Assault Investigators Association and 2005 Legislator of the Year by Crime Victims United.
Assemblywoman Parra has also been recognized by numerous organizations for successfully taking on other critical issues. She was named 2003 Legislator of the Year by the California Main Street Alliance and the California Downtown Association based on her efforts to accelerate economic development and secure more jobs for struggling communities around the state. The California Community Action Partnership honored her efforts to eliminate poverty in the Central Valley and for arranging a safe drinking-water supply for the small town of Alpaugh.
Her successful effort in authoring and co-authoring several bills and three house resolutions relating to military personnel, veterans and their families has been recognized by several organizations. Assemblywoman Parra was the recipient of the California National Guard’s highest honor for a civilian, the Order of California Public Service Award. The California Association of County Veteran Service Officers named Assemblywoman Parra 2003 Legislator of the Year, and the California Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Alliance presented her with their Freedom Fighter Award for her support of disabled veterans.
Assemblywoman Parra has most recently been honored with the Friend of Nursing Award and with the 2005 James S. Gilstar Legislator of the Year Award for her work in fostering a greater understanding between government and the petroleum industry.
A resident of Hanford, Assemblywoman Parra was born in Bakersfield and attended Highland High School where her brother, Peter, now teaches. She studied Economics at the University of California at Berkeley and received her law degree from Catholic University in Washington D.C. After completing her education, she returned to the Valley to work as District Director for Congressman Cal Dooley, a position she held until her 2002 election to the Assembly. Assemblywoman Parra follows her family's long tradition of public service. Her father, Pete Parra, was a Kern County Supervisor and former school board member; her mother, Yolanda, works for the Bakersfield Adult School.