FULLERTON – Swimming pools and drinking fountains still had “whites only” signs when Condoleezza Rice was growing up in Birmingham, Ala.
She felt the weight of that persecution in 1963, after her kindergarten classmate was among the four girls killed when members of the Ku Klux Klan bombed Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.
Still, her parents — both educators who never made more than $60,000 between them — taught her to never be a victim. They told her she’d have to work twice as hard. But if she did, there would be no limits on what she could accomplish.
“Somebody has to be first,” said Rice, who went on to become the first woman to serve as National Security Adviser and the first black woman to serve as Secretary of State.
Rice shared this message with more than 1,000 women at Rep. Ed Royce’s Women’s Conference on Saturday at Cal State Fullerton.
The seventh annual conference was the largest by far, and Royce, R-Fullerton, attributes much of that to having Rice as keynote speaker.
“She is a role model for women around the world,” Royce said, with successes as an author, Stanford professor, businesswoman and pianist since leaving politics behind when George W. Bush left office.
Rice is the reason Silvia Negrete spent her Saturday morning at the conference for the first time. But the Buena Park resident said she also drew inspiration from a breakout session earlier that morning on women as leaders in the workplace, with reminders to trust herself and not be afraid to ask questions.
In another breakout session, Heidi Murkoff, author of the pregnancy bible “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” spoke to a room packed with young mothers and grandmothers, activists and a few men.
Murkoff partnered with Lucy Martinez Sullivan, director of the 1,000 Days initiative to improve nutrition for pregnant women and infants. Spurred by questions from the audience, Murkoff and Sullivan discussed everything from the benefits of breastfeeding to the need for a federal mandate granting paid maternity leave.
“Nobody is going to say they don’t support babies. That would be crazy talk. But they don’t act on it,” Murkoff said. “We need to tell Congress that healthy babies are a priority.”
As women find their passion and a balance in life, Rice encouraged them to engage with democracy, working to make the country better.
The message struck a chord with Malia Javier Fontecchio of Buena Park. She’s a social worker in Los Angeles County, and said she wishes she could play Rice’s speech for her clients.
“It was really inspiring,” Fontecchio said.Read More
Former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will deliver the keynote address at U.S. Representative Ed Royce's (R-Fullerton) 7th Annual Women's Conference on Saturday, March 28, at California State University, Fullerton. Over 1300 women from California's 39th Congressional District and the surrounding areas have confirmed their attendance at the conference.
"Secretary Rice is an accomplished diplomat, scholar, and business leader who is often cited as a role model for women around the world. She has lived a life dedicated to public service, and I'm honored that she will keynote the Women's Conference this year," said Rep. Royce.
From 2005-2009, Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from 2001-2005, the first woman to hold the position.
The Women’s Conference, which Rep. Royce has hosted every year since 2009, is a half-day seminar dedicated to giving women the tools and resources necessary to enrich their lives. Past speakers include actress Kristen Bell and former eBay Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman.
In addition to the keynote speech, the conference will include breakout sessions on topics suggested by past conference attendees, such as personal finances, healthy living, infant nutrition, and career advice.
Due to overwhelming demand, general RSVPs to the conference are no longer being accepted.
Press RSVPs are still being accepted, contact Rep. Royce's Communications Director Saat Alety at firstname.lastname@example.org or (714) 255-0101 in order to attend.
U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, recently met with representatives from the 2015 Special Olympics World Games to discuss preparations for this year's event in Los Angeles. Included in the group was Fullerton resident and three-time Special Olympics Gold Medalist Paul Hoffman.
"Through the Special Olympics, people with intellectual disabilities have discovered new strengths, abilities, skills, and successes. I'm looking forward to our community welcoming competitors from around the world and cheering on Team USA at the games this summer," said Rep. Royce.
With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games will be the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games.
Many communities in California's 39th Congressional District, including Fullerton, Hacienda Heights, and La Habra, have been designated as official Host Towns for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. These communities will provide lodging, transportation, food, and practice facilities for athletes and coaches from around the world.
“The Host Town program gives each community an opportunity to showcase to the world what makes them special, but more importantly to provide citizens with a better understanding of intellectual disabilities that will lead to acceptance and inclusion for all,” said Patrick McClenahan, President and Chief Executive Officer of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.
Rep. Royce is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and represents California's 39th Congressional District, which encompasses parts of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties.
Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) and U.S. Representative Jared Huffman (D-CA) introduced H.R. 1422, the Credit Union Residential Loan Parity Act. The bill ensures that loans to finance the purchase of small apartment buildings from both credit unions and banks are considered residential real estate loans:
“At a time when the construction sector is still faltering during a tepid economic recovery, policymakers should be doing everything possible to encourage more private sector investment in housing," said Rep. Royce. "The Credit Union Residential Loan Parity Act means billions of additional dollars of capital for small businesses and increased competition between lenders, all of which benefits consumers."
“Credit unions are critical to local communities across America, and this small fix ensures they will be able to help small businesses access capital, make investments in local economies, and boost the construction and housing sectors," said Rep. Huffman.
Specifically, the bill removes loans made for the purchase of non-owner occupied, 1-4 unit dwellings from the calculation of the member business lending (MBL) cap currently imposed on credit unions. If enacted, the Credit Union Residential Loan Parity Act would allow credit unions to lend an additional $11 billion to small businesses, freeing up much needed private sector financing for commercial businesses and rental housing without any costs to taxpayers.
Importantly, the bill maintains the ability of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) to apply stringent underwriting and servicing requirements to these loans, which often depend on rent as a chief contributor towards repayment.Read More
The office of U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) is hosting a First Responder Federal Grant Supermarket, a unique event that will allow members of local first responder organizations the opportunity to meet personally with federal agencies to discuss their grant needs.
"First responders put their lives on the line for us every day and deserve all the support we can offer as they bravely do their jobs," said Rep. Royce. "Fostering stronger partnerships between local first responders and the federal government is integral to ensuring our community remains both safe and secure.”
Participating agencies include: the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Justice.
The event will be held on Monday, March 30th, from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM at the Buena Park Community Center (6688 Beach Boulevard., Buena Park, CA 90622).
General attendees can RSVP by clicking here.
Those interested in further details on the event may contact Alison Martin from Rep. Royce's office at (714) 255-0101 or Alison.Martin@mail.house.gov.
U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) released the following statement on the addition of Katie Oyama, senior policy counsel at Google and former associate counsel to the Vice President of the United States, to his 7th Annual Women's Conference speaker lineup:
"From graduating Berkeley Law with honors to testifying for Congress as an expert on copyright law, Katie had demonstrated excellence every step of her career. I appreciate her joining this year's Conference to share her experiences navigating both the White House and corporate America at a time when women are continuously reaching new heights."
The Women’s Conference, which Rep. Royce has hosted every year since 2009, is a half-day seminar dedicated to giving women the tools and resources necessary to enrich their lives. This year's conference will be keynoted by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and features breakout speakers such as "What to Expect When You’re Expecting" author Heidi Murkoff and celebrity chef Jamie Gwen. A full list of speakers and corresponding biographies can be viewed here.
The office of Rep. Royce is currently accepting general admission RSVPs. For more information about the conference and to RSVP, please click here.
NOTE: This event is open to the press, but an RSVP is required. Media RSVPs and inquiries can be directed to Rep. Royce's Communications Director Saat Alety at email@example.com or (202) 225-4111.
Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) and U.S. Representative Gregory Meeks (D-NY) introduced H.R. 1188, the Credit Union Small Business Jobs Creation Act. The bill increases the member business lending (MBL) cap for qualified credit unions from 12.25% to 27.5%:
“Current regulations arbitrarily cap the ability of our nation’s credit unions to lend to small businesses. Main Street businesses looking to expand and hire more workers have suffered as a result,” said Rep. Royce. "The Credit Union Small Business Jobs Creation Act removes this obstacle to lending and ensures that qualified credit unions are better able to support Americans who need loans to start, sustain, or grow their businesses.”
“By increasing the business lending cap on credit unions, this bill will create jobs, grow the economy, and help businesses throughout the country,” said Rep. Meeks. “It has long been known that small businesses are the key engine of job growth in this country. But only qualified and responsible credit unions with a history of business lending will be eligible under this bill. This is necessary to ensure the stability and an appropriate balance with our financial institutions.”
The Credit Union Small Business Jobs Creation Act increases the MBL cap from 12.25% to 27.5% for certain credit unions. Under the bill, to qualify for the higher cap a credit union must be well capitalized, have a history of member business lending experience, be operating near its current cap for at least one year, and receive approval by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).
Reps. Royce and Meeks, senior members of the House Financial Services Committee, both urge swift action from their colleagues to advance this bipartisan legislation.Read More
U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) released the following statement on passage of the STEM Education Act of 2015 (H.R. 1020) through the U.S. House of Representatives after voting for the bill:
"By classifying computer science as a STEM field, we will empower educators to help foster the next generation of computer programmers. These important jobs are responsible for much of the innovative technology and economic activity around us today. By 2020, there will be an estimated 1.4 million computing jobs in the U.S. and the STEM Education Act of 2015 ensures we will have the American workers to fill them."
The STEM Education Act of 2015 defines STEM education as education in the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, including computer science. This legislation also directs the National Science Foundation to continue to award competitive, merit-based grants to support research and development of innovative out-of-school STEM learning.
Last year, Rep. Royce hosted a Congressional STEM Competition for local high school students to showcase their skills in STEM fields. Contestants were asked to develop a mobile phone application. Rep. Royce will host a similar competition later this year.Read More
U.S. Representative Ed Royce (CA-39) has announced the start of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition for high school students from the 39th Congressional District of California. The winning student's artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol alongside winning pieces from every Congressional district across the country:
"The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity for the talented young people of our community to showcase their many creative skills. I encourage all who are interested to make a submission," said Rep. Royce.
The contest is a part of a nationwide Congressional Art Competition sponsored by the Congressional Arts Caucus. All interested high school artists from California's 39th Congressional District may participate in this year's contest by submitting their entries no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 to either one of Rep. Royce's district offices: Brea Office (210 W Birch Street, Suite 201, Brea, CA 92821) or the Rowland Heights Office (1380 Fullerton Rd, Suite 205, Rowland Heights, CA 91748).
More information on submission guidelines and the contest can be found here.
General questions regarding the Congressional Art Competition can be directed to Lauren Pong from Rep. Royce's staff at Lauren.Pong@mail.house.gov or (626) 964-5123.
U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) released the following statement on the tentative agreement reached between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) to end labor negotiations and temporary stoppages at West Coast ports:
"The tentative agreement between the shipping companies and the longshoremen is sorely needed by California businesses and workers who have suffered immensely during port slowdowns. I commend the White House on joining the efforts of local leaders to broker a deal and look forward to continuing to advocate for the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach."
On January 30, 2015, Rep. Royce was joined by dozens of members of the U.S. House of Representatives in writing a letter to both ILWU President Robert McEllrath and Pacific Maritime Association Chairman and CEO James McKenna that urged both parties to resolve their differences in an effort to avoid a port shutdown. Rep. Royce also contacted both sides of the dispute last December with a bipartisan California Congressional delegation letter that highlighted the economic ramifications that a port shutdown will have on California businesses and workers. Additionally, Rep. Royce kept in contact with both sides of the dispute until an agreement was reached.
Rep. Royce represents California's 39th Congressional District, which encompasses parts of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties. He is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee.
Webinar participants will learn how MIT App Inventor can help you design, build, and submit an Android app just in time for the April 30th STEM Competition deadline!Students entering the competition must submit their app’s source code online during the Competition Submission Period between 12 PM Eastern Standard Time on FEBRUARY 1ST, 2014, and 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time on APRIL 30TH, 2014, as well as provide a YouTube or VIMEO video demo explaining their app and what they learned through this competition process. Learn more about Rep. Royce's 2014 STEM Competition here or by following #2014RoyceSTEM on Facebook and Twitter. You can also download the Rep. Royce STEM Competition mobile app, available for free in the iTunes store (Android version coming soon).
On Monday, November 4th, Rep. Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold the Committee’s first field hearing to examine international human trafficking and to assess efforts to combat trafficking at the international, Federal, State and local levels. The hearing, entitled “Regional Perspectives in the Global Fight Against Human Trafficking,” will begin at 10:00 a.m. PT will be held in the Titan Student Union building on the campus of California State University, Fullerton.
Note: Earlier this year, Chairman Royce launched a Human Trafficking Congressional Advisory Committee (HTCAC), which is comprised of victims’ rights groups, local and federal law enforcement agencies, and community advocates. HTCAC meets on a monthly basis to address human trafficking concerns, as well as offer policy recommendations. In May, Chairman Royce convened a Committee hearing to examine local and private sector initiatives to combat international human trafficking.
Hearing: “Regional Perspectives in the Global Fight Against Human Trafficking”
California State University, Fullerton
Titan Student Union
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92834
For a campus map and parking information click HERE.
Monday, November 4, 2013
10:00 a.m. PT
The Honorable Luis CdeBaca
Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
U.S. Department of State
The Honorable Tony Rackauckas
Office of the Orange County District Attorney
Ms. Kay Buck
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking
*Witnesses may be added.
***Important planning note for press covering hearing:
The hearing will be webcast at www.foreignaffairs.house.gov.
Members of the media must RSVP by Friday, November 1 at 12 p.m. to Audra McGeorge at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive credentials to cover the hearing from the press viewing area.
Following the hearing, there will be a media availability to discuss human trafficking.Read More
The event will feature Keynote speaker Rebekah Bell whose opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal on how she graduated from college debt-free offered important advice to students on avoiding crushing student loan debt. Additionally, the seminar will provide information about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) program as well as other federal and private student loans, grants, and other financing options.
A member of Rep. Ed Royce's staff will be available for mobile office hours on Thursday, October 3rd in the Red Tailed Hawk Room in the City Clerk’s Office at Chino Hills City Hall (14000 City Center Dr.). Mobile office hours provide an opportunity for constituents to meet with Rep. Royce and his staff members for assistance with a variety of services and issues. Office hours on Thursday, October 3rd will be held from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Please call (909) 420-0010 with any questions.Read More
2185 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R) is serving his eleventh term in Congress representing Southern California’s 39th District, based in Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Counties. He and his wife, Marie, are longtime residents of Fullerton, CA.
Royce’s priorities in Congress are: addressing our national debt, protecting our homeland, eliminating pork-barrel spending, fighting crime and supporting victims of crime, strengthening education for all students, spurring job creation and strengthening Social Security and Medicare.
Royce has a strong history of public service. In 1982, he was elected to the California State Senate where he began his fight for victims’ rights. He authored the nation’s first anti-stalker law and versions of his bill have been adopted in all 50 states. He was also the legislative author and campaign co-chairman of California’s Proposition 115, the Crime Victims/Speedy Trial Initiative, approved by the voters in 1990. In Congress, Royce continues his fight for victims’ rights. He wrote and passed the Interstate Stalking Punishment and Prevention Act in 1996. This law makes it a federal crime to pursue a victim across state lines and enables law enforcement to intervene before violence occurs. Royce was active in passing AMBER Alert legislation in 2003, and legislation in 2004 to enhance rights for victims of crime. He currently is a member of the Victim’s Rights Caucus.
For the 113th Congress, Royce was selected to be Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Royce has served on the Committee since entering Congress in 1993. Immediately prior to becoming Chairman of the Committee, Royce served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade and a member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
As a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, Royce sits on two Subcommittees: Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises, and Insurance and Housing. Royce has served on the conference committees for some of the most significant legislation in the financial services arena. For more than a decade Royce has called for a stronger federal regulator to limit Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s excessive risk taking at the expense of taxpayers. In 2003, he was the first member of Congress to write legislation calling for a single regulator under the Treasury Department for the three housing government sponsored enterprises: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the twelve Federal Home Loan Banks.
Royce has consistently earned honors and awards from the National Taxpayers Union, Citizens Against Government Waste, National Federation of Independent Businesses, Watchdogs of the Treasury, Americans for Tax Reform, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, United Seniors Association, 60 Plus, American Share Holders Association, Citizens for a Sound Economy and the Small Business Survival Committee.
A California native, Royce is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton, School of Business Administration. Prior to entering public service, his professional background includes experience as a small business owner, a controller, a capital projects manager, and a corporate tax manager for a Southern California company. Royce and his wife, Marie, have been married for 28 years.
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