WASHINGTON, DC–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–July 18, 2002–LATINA Style with the support of the Latina Members of the 107th Congress, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials announces the Anna Maria Arias Trailblazer Congressional Award, created in memory of Anna Maria Arias, our late Publisher and Editor who tragically lost her life this past October. The award will recognize two Latina leaders whose contributions to the legislative process have made the greatest impact for Latinas across the country.
California State Senator Nell Soto and Miami-Dade Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, the first recipients of the award, will be honored during a special ceremony on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, July 18, 2002. The day’s activities will commence with a breakfast to be held at 8:30 am in the Congressional lunchroom. The evening’s award ceremony will take place on the foyer of the Rayburn Building, the same place where the magazine was launched in October 1994. The event will begin at 6:00 pm and conclude at 8:30 pm.
Senator Soto has devoted most of her adult life to community and public service. As a sixth-generation resident of Pomona, persistence and tenacity have been the hallmarks of her career. Senator Soto is the Chair of the Public Employees Retirement Committee and Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Local Government. In addition, Soto serves on the following Senate Committees: Transportation, Insurance, Governmental Organization and Veteran’s Affairs. The Senator also serves as chair of the Senate Select Committee on Defense Conversion, Retention and Space Flight Industries; and is a member of the Select Committee on the Alameda Corridor East and Select Committee on Parental Involvement.
The first woman elected from the San Gabriel Valley to the powerful South Coast Air Quality Management District, Soto established a reputation at AQMD as a problem solver, who worked effectively with environmentalists, industry and community leaders.
With her election to the Senate, Soto became the first woman elected to represent the Inland Empire in the Legislature. She is the mother of six, grandmother of eleven, and great-grandmother to three. Her late husband, Philip Soto served two terms in the State Assembly, from 1962-1966.
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa was first elected to the District Six seat of the Board of County Commissioners in June 2001. She is a member of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Economic Development and Housing Committee, the Health, Public Safety and Human Services Committee, the Recreation and Cultural Affairs Committee, and the Transportation, Infrastructure and Environment Committee.
Prior to Miami-Dade County, Commissioner Sosa served as the Mayor of the City of West Miami for seven years. She also served West Miami as a Commissioner from 1992 to 1994 and as Vice-Mayor from 1990 to 1992. Included among her most significant initiatives as West Miami’s Mayor is guiding the City’s recovery from a 52% budget deficit, which lead to the removal of the City from the State Governor’s Emergency List. Commissioner Sosa has been an educator for more than 23 years and is currently a teacher-trainer for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Born in Camaguey, Cuba, Commissioner Sosa is married to Armando Sosa. They have two children, Armando, Jr., and Veronica.
Launched in October 1994, LATINA Style Magazine broke new ground by becoming the first national magazine dedicated to the needs and concerns of the contemporary Latina workingwoman. In the years since, LATINA Style has dedicated itself to promote and bring recognition to the accomplishments of Hispanic women throughout our country.
The event is sponsored by Pepsico, Inc, Ford Motor Company, the Walt Disney Company, American Airlines and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.
Robert E. Bard