Her last name is pronounced like the English words ?so LEASE?? The first in her family to attend college, she holds a bachelor?s degree in political science from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona (1979) and a master?s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California (1981)? While a graduate student, she had brief stints in the nation?s capital as an intern in the White House Office of Hispanic Affairs under Jimmy Carter and an analyst for the Office of Management and Budget? She was the first Latina elected to California?s Senate? Her husband, Sam H. Sayyad, owns a car-repair shop in Irwindale, California.
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