UnidosUS Mourns Passing of Gloria Molina

WASHINGTON, DC — UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía issued the following statement in response to the passing of Latina leader and trailblazer Gloria Molina, who died Sunday at age 74.  

“I and the UnidosUS familia are deeply saddened by the passing of a true icon and pioneer in the Latino community, Gloria Molina. She literally blazed the trail for Latinas in California electoral politics—as the first Latina to be elected to the California State Assembly, the Los Angeles City Council, and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

“She was a remarkable leader and a fierce champion of our community, on issues such as social justice, helping children, women, and families, building safe communities, economic advancement, education, and the environment.  She devoted her entire life to public service and her legacy in her beloved community and state is enormous.

“I and other Latina leaders stand on her shoulders and owe her a debt of gratitude for showing us the way. Our thoughts are with her family, her many friends, and the millions of people who she inspired and whose lives she made better. Que en paz descanse.”