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Villaraigosa Named to Powerful Obama Committee

Los Angeles Sentinel, Posted: Nov 21, 2008

Among the powerful members of President-Elect Barack Obama's recently appointed Transition Economic Advisory Board assembled in Chicago during Obama's first press conference after an electorate mandate was Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Villaraigosa flew to Chicago to join the Obama with the like of the world's richest man and most beloved investor Warren Buffet and former Fed Chairman and one of the most respected figures on the economy Paul Volcker.

It was immediate that Villaraigosa's strong influence among Latino voters was persuasive in an election that registered nearly 11 million Latino voters. An estimated 57 percent of them voted for Obama leading to his victory over Republican John McCain. Villaraigosa's involvement on Obama's economic board will provide the Mayor with a unique opportunity to push for federal dollars that Los Angeles failed to receive during the Bush administration.

While many have speculated that the mayor of the nation's second largest city has higher political aspirations he has denied seeking both an Obama cabinet position or a run for Governor of California in 2010.



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