California State Assembly, District 47
Eloise Reyes grew up near the train tracks in South Colton. Although her family had modest means they had great aspirations for their children. They knew it would take perseverance and a great education to live a better life. In order to pay for school, Eloise worked in the onion and grape fields. After high school, Eloise worked as many as three jobs to put herself through San Bernardino Valley College and the University of Southern California, after which she earned a law degree from Loyola Law School.
Eloise believes that local families should have convenient access to quality legal services, she was the first Latina in the Inland Empire to open her own law firm, starting in San Bernardino and then in Colton, where she grew up. She has long worked with Legal Aid to provide free legal services to those who can’t afford proper representation. In 2013, she volunteered to represent Colton residents in a successful effort to prevent a toxic waste dump from being located in their neighborhood. The lack of local affordable health care spurred Eloise to help a group of healthcare professionals starts the Inland Empire Community Health Center. Eloise’s passion for teaching young people found a new venue when she became an adjunct professor at Cal Poly Pomona where she teaches students how democracy can work for everyone, not just the rich and powerful.
Eloise is a founding member of the Progressive Caucus of the Assembly first elected in 2016. She is running a grassroots campaign committed to putting people over profits and community over corporations. Eloise has authored, co-authored and supported some of the most progressive legislation in years; worked to have tackled affordable housing, ban-the-box on employment applications, funding to help our DACA students, free community college the first year, air quality improvement, a ban on asking salary history, family leave protections, expanded child care subsidies and many more. Eloise will continue her commitment to restorative justice, environmental justice, social justice, and reproductive justice and stand strong against the policies coming from the federal level