Bachelor in Economics, Stanford University, 1980. Juris Doctor, Stanford University, 1984.
Staff attorney Legal Assistance Corporation Central Massachusetts, 1984—1985. Director district office, administrative assistant to Senator Art Torres California State Senate, Los Angeles, 1986. Deputy attorney general State of California, Sacramento, 1987-1990.
Member 59th district California State Assembly, 1990—1992. Member United States Congress from 30st California District, 1993—2003, United States Congress from 31st California District, since 2003, United States House Budget Committee, United States House Ways & Means Committee. Vice chairman United States House Democratic Caucus, since 2009.
Member Mexico American State Legislators Policy Institute, Congressional Children's Working Group, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, chair, 1997—1998. Vice-chair United States-Korea Interparliamentary Exchange, Diabetes Caucus. Co-chair Congressional Friends of Spain.
Member executive committee Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Executive secretary Democratic Study Grp. Steering Committee.
Member Hispanic Outreach Advisory Board. Board directors National Parent-Teachers Association. Member board regents Smithsonian Institute.
Board directors Pitzer College, Close Up Foundation. Member of Association California State Attorneys & Administrative Law Judges, California Bar Association, Mexican-American Bar Association.
Married Carolina Reyes, 1987. Children: Clarisa, Olivia, Natalia.