The Hill’s 2012 New Members Guide: Page 12 of 93

Rep.-elect Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-Calif.-35)

DATE OF BIRTH: Sept. 6, 1941

BIRTHPLACE: Los Angeles 

RESIDENCE: Chino, Calif.

OCCUPATION: State senator 

EDUCATION: A.A., Chaffey College

PREVIOUS OFFICE HELD: California State Senate; California State Assembly

FAMILY: Husband, Gilbert; 10 children

Democrat Gloria Negrete McLeod had a helping hand from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) in her victory over Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.).

McLeod is a six-year veteran of the California State Senate, where she leads the Public Employment and Retirement Committee. She serves on three additional committees — business, ethics and veterans affairs. Prior to her time in the state Senate, she spent six years in the state Assembly. 

Bloomberg’s super-PAC dumped nearly $3 million into the race to unseat Baca, who holds high grades with the National Rifle Association. 

The New York mayor is a strong advocate of stronger gun control laws, and he made the election of candidates who share that view central to his super-PAC spending. McLeod holds a “D” rating on the NRA’s scorecard due to her support of gun control.