Congressman Tony Cardenas

U.S. House of Representatives California’s 29th district

Congressman Tony Cárdenas was first elected to represent California’s 29th district in the United States House of Representatives in 2012, making history by becoming the first Latino to represent the San Fernando Valley. Congressman Cárdenas sits on the prestigious House Committee on Energy and Commerce, fighting to lower prescription drug prices, protect American families, combat climate change, and ensure that everyone has access to affordable, quality health care.

As a freshman in Congress, he was elected by his colleagues to be the Chairman of CHC BOLD PAC, the political arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. These efforts have allowed the Hispanic Caucus to grow to 38 members and continue their support of Latino and non-Latino candidates, who will work diligently in Congress to represent Latino communities throughout the nation. Congressman Cárdenas has committed to bringing awareness and change to the issues most important to the San Fernando Valley and its families.

A passionate advocate for justice, Cardenas’s work on common-sense gun safety, immigration reform, and juvenile justice has been recognized and praised both locally and nationally. 

Before representing California’s 29th district in Congress, Rep. Cárdenas was first elected to the California State Assembly in 1996. He went on to serve three terms in the assembly and was later elected to the Los Angeles City Council, in 2003. Before entering public service, Cárdenas was a small business owner and an engineer by training. He earned his engineering degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Born in Pacoima, Rep. Cárdenas was raised with ten brothers and sisters and still resides in the San Fernando Valley with his wife, Norma, and their children.