U.S. House of Representatives Congressman Tony Cárdenas has served more than 20 years in public office. First elected to the State Assembly in 1996, followed by the Los Angeles City Council in 2003, he is now in his fifth term as representative of California’s 29th District. He was the first Latino elected to represent the San Fernando Valley in Congress. He serves on the Committee on Energy and Commerce and is a member of congressional caucuses on Armenian Issues, LGBT equality and veterans’ jobs, among others. ALMA MATER: San Fernando High School. Go Tigers! BEST ADVICE: My immigrant mother and father taught me, from the time that I was a baby, to always keep my word. (They taught me in Spanish) FAVORITE BOOK: “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. Life’s most valuable lessons are simple and all around us. BUCKET LIST: To be known and remembered as a caring, loving and giving person.