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After law school, and subsequent bar exam failure, he became a field representative/organizer with the United Teachers Los Angeles where he organized teachers and was regarded as a gifted advocate.
The loan would be repaid with continuing income from Measure R funds.In 1998, Villaraigosa was chosen by his colleagues to be the Speaker of the Assembly, the first from Los Angeles in 25 years.He left the Assembly in 2000 after serving three two-year terms.As Mayor, Villaraigosa spearheaded policies to improve student outcomes in the Los Angeles Unified School District, reduce city and highway traffic, and enhance public safety.Since leaving office in 2013, Villaraigosa has continued to be actively engaged in education, civic engagement, water, immigration, transportation, and economic development issues.His grades plummeted at Cathedral High School, and the next year, he was expelled from the Roman Catholic institution after getting into a fight after a football game.
At UCLA, he was a leader of MECh A, an organization that seeks to promote Chicano unity and empowerment through political action.
; né Villar Jr.; January 23, 1953) is an American politician who served as the 41st Mayor of Los Angeles, California, from 2005 to 2013.
Before becoming mayor, he was a member of the California State Assembly (1994–2000), where he served as the Democratic leader of the Assembly (1996–98), and the Speaker of the California State Assembly (1998–2000).
Villaraigosa placed first in the primary for the Los Angeles mayoral election of March 8, 2005, and won the run-off election on May 17, receiving 58.7% of the vote.
On July 1, 2005, Villaraigosa was sworn in as the 41st Mayor of Los Angeles.
He became the first Latino Mayor of Los Angeles since 1872, when Cristóbal Aguilar (who served from 1866–68 and again from 1870–72) held the office.