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Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez

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OPA News Release: [01/02/2013]
Contact Name: Emilia Pablo-Montaņo
Phone Number: (202) 693-4660
Release Number: 13-0009-NAT

Statement by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on the death of Lucille Beserra Roybal

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today released the following statement on the death of Lucille Beserra Roybal:

"I have always believed that public service is a 'family affair.' No one exemplified that more than Lucille Beserra Roybal, the wife of the late Congressman Edward Ross Roybal, and mother of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard. Although she worked tirelessly behind the scenes with her husband and daughter while in the U.S. Congress, Mrs. Roybal made important contributions to the community in her own right. She co-founded the Community Service Organization in California, registered voters throughout Los Angeles and reached out to underserved communities on behalf of local public health and charitable organizations.

"She was a source of strength for two extraordinary members of Congress. And a source of inspiration for me and so many other people. I was proud to call her my friend."