LYNWOOD - Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard presented David Ortega with a certificate of congressional recognition last week in honor of his new appointment as Consul General of Mexico in Los Angeles.Ortega took office on April 25. Roybal-Allard recognized him during a meeting at La Huasteca Restaurant in Plaza Mexico in Lynwood. "I am very happy to welcome our new Consul General of Mexico, David Figueroa Ortega of Los Angeles," Roybal-Allard said during her opening remarks. "I know that the position of a Consul General is not new to you, but I also know that the Mexican and Latino communities in the Southeast are the most welcoming in the state. "My office had a great relationship with our last Consul General, Juan Marcos Gutierrez Gonzalez, and I know that we will continue that partnership with your administration. We look forward to continuing to work together to provide the services that our constituents need from both of our offices." The son of a bracero, Ortega migrated at a young age to the border town of Agua Prieta, Sonora. At 24, he served as secretary of the city of Agua Prieta from 1994-97. In 2003, he was elected mayor of Agua Prieta where he was a strong advocate of the human rights of migrants on the border. Ortega previously served as Consul General of Mexico in San Jose, Calif., and as a federal congressman for the state of Sonora in the Chamber of Deputies, Mexico's house of representatives.
********** Published: August 25, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 19