Sunday, January 31, 2010

Lopez Leaves U.S. Senator Russ Feingold's Office To Pursue Law Degree

Lopez became an asset to the Latino community by actually focusing on issues affecting Hispanics in Wisconsin

January 30, 2010

Milwaukee (HNNUSA) -Rebeca M. Lopez, 27, Office Manager and Regional Coordinator for U.S. Senator Russ Feingold has left her position to pursue a law degree at the Marquette University Law School. Lopez left in early January and had worked for Senator Feingold for almost seven years,  she was one month short to completing seven years.
While Lopez worked for Feingold, she became an asset to the Latino community by actually focusing on issues affecting Hispanics in Wisconsin. She unofficially became the Hispanic Liasion between Senator Feingold's office and the Latino community. Feingold since 2003, was able to focus, address and support issues affecting Hispanics through Lopez's influence and dynamic approach in addressing and resolving issues.
Lopez would usually represent Senator Feingold's Office at numerous community events when Feingold was in Washington D.C.
Feingold favors Immigration Reform, the Dream Act for undocumented students and Health Care Reform. Also in 2008, Feingold's vote helped pass the Education Act, which provides outreach and assistance to low-income students and underrepresented minority students, combined with increased funding for Pell Grants, will ensure more Hispanic students have the opportunity to attend and succeed in college.
"We must also support measures such as the DREAM Act, which helps ensure equal access to higher education for all Hispanics in this country by providing in-state tuition and other financial aid to undocumented immigrant children. By further increasing access to colleges and universities, we can help more students get the education they need to compete for jobs and, in the spirit of this year’s theme, see more “Latinos Leading in a Global Society,” Senator Feingold said on Sept. 15, 2009 during Hispanic Heritage Month.
In 2003, Feingold was looking for a bilingual Hispanic to join his office staff, and a group of Latino South side leaders recommended Lopez. In the group were Salvador Sanchez, Jesus Salas, Ernesto Chacon, Enrique Figueroa, H. Nelson Goodson, and others who were meeting at a restaurant organizing for Feingold's re-election campaign and in support of U.S. Senator John Kerry (Dem.) from Massachusetts who was later nominated as the Democratic Presidential candidate. Senator Feingold was re-elected in 2004. 
She immediately was hired by Feingold in May 2003 as a Caseworker/Regional Coordinator Office of US Senator Russ Feingold working with the Government Relations industry for the next 2 years and 10 months.
In February 2006, Lopez was promoted to Office Manager/Regional Coordinator for the next 3 years, and 7 months.
In August 2009, she resumed the position of Caseworker/Regional Coordinator in United States Senate working with the Legislative Office industry and Government Relations for the next 6 months, until recently.
Lopez is an avid volunteer for the United Way Teen Pregnancy
Prevention Committee and the "Brides Walk" sponsored by UMOS' Latina Resource Center. She is also a graduate of UWM's Latino Nonprofit Leadership Program.
She is currently a member of the Marquette Hispanic Law Student Association.

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