An advocate for equal educaSen.TeresaHughes copytional opportunity and better health care, California State Senator Teresa Hughes was a monumental supporter of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

An educator by training, Hughes was the second African American woman elected to the California Legislature, and from 1975-1992 represented the people of the 47th Assembly District including, South Los Angeles, Bell, Compton, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Downey and Compton. She focused on broadening learning at schools, providing $800 million in bond funds school classroom construction and creation of a state school of the arts. She was a past chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus. She also authored a bill that led to the creation of the California Museum of Afro-American History and Culture. Hughes was committed to improving the quality of life for Los Angeles residents. After she was elected to the Senate in 1993, served for two terms representing the 25th district.

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