Tony Cardenas prepares to join growing Latino ranks in Congress - latimes.com
Tony Cardenas' hands were chilled from the frozen turkeys he'd been handing out, but he hardly seemed to notice, so busy was he greeting constituents at his annual food giveaway for the needy.
This would be the last holiday he would conduct the event as a Los Angeles City councilman.
He handily won election to Congress on Nov. 6 in a district drawn last year to reflect the area's surging Latino population. He takes office Jan. 3.
Cardenas, 49, said he'd keep up the charity — a reminder of his own roots as the child of poor, hard-working immigrants from Mexico.
When people step forward as their bags of food are loaded, assembly-line style, "I see me; I see my family when I was growing up," he said. "I see my district."
Cardenas is going to Washington at a time when Latinos are increasingly viewed as important voters and their ranks in Congress have grown, and he cites immigration reform as one of his priorities.