Cardoza praises late Merced staffer Linda Lopez

WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Merced) and his staff gave the following statement in memory of Merced staffer Linda Lopez, who died last weekend:

“Linda Lopez will be remembered for her service to Merced, her dedication to helping people, and – most of all – for her kindness and compassion. Linda had an enormous heart, and throughout her life she gave tirelessly of her time and energy to those in need. Merced is a better place for her having lived here, and we will all deeply miss our colleague, mentor, and friend.”

Messages of condolence for Lopez’s family can be sent via email to Lisa.Mantarro@mail.house.gov.

Lopez had served as a Constituent Services Representative for Cardoza in his Merced office since 2006. Last month, Cardoza entered the following statement into the Congressional Record in honor of her service:

Mr. Speaker I rise today to honor the dedication and hard work of Ms. Linda Lopez of Merced, California. Not only is Ms. Lopez a treasured member of my staff, she is a tireless advocate and community leader in the 18th Congressional District.

Born in New Mexico, Linda moved to California’s Central Valley in 1955 where she attended public school in Madera and then later college at Stanford University. She has been involved in civil rights and social justice work for over 40 years and is considered among the influential Latinos in the Central Valley.

Linda’s civic participation includes serving on the City of Merced’s Redevelopment Agency Gateway Projects Citizen’s Advisory Committee, City of Merced’s Planning Commission, several City of Merced Ad Hoc Committees including Open Space and Parks, South Merced Specific Plan, CP-42 Park Project, Wastewater Advisory Committee. She has also served on the San Joaquin Valley Partnership Telecommunications Committee and the California State Advisory Board for Transportation Planning and Environmental Justice.

Linda Lopez is also an alumnae of the Great Valley Center’s IDEAL inaugural class, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality and Leadership Merced. Linda was named the 1998-99 Hispanic Woman of the Year by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Linda has held numerous positions in the community that include the Central Valley Opportunity Center, TV Guide Magazine, the National Park Service and worked with a variety of research companies. She is also a former employee of the Great Valley Center’s Central Valley Digital Network working to introduce/enhance technology capacity in the Central Valley communities from Marysville to Bakersfield.

Linda has served as a Constituent Services Representative in my Merced District office since 2006 where she has worked hundreds of cases in her years of service. Linda prided herself on giving her time and energy to everyone that comes into my office seeking assistance. It was not unusual for Linda to work late nights and weekends to meet the needs of the constituents or schedule home visits for the elderly to assist them on matters for which they needed assistance. Linda’s compassion is a hallmark for the work she does and it shows to not only the constituents but to the community at large. As a member of my staff, Linda has served as Field Representative where she would provide me updates and serves as my eyes and ears in the community.

Linda’s passion for helping people and making a difference sets her apart from others. She offers to everyone she meets, kindness and compassion. Often times, Linda’s relationship with other community members evolves into that of a mentorship, where Linda guides and mentors other aspiring community activists to find the passion and desire in themselves to serve the public.

In addition to her work as a public servant, Linda has her beautiful family for which she is so proud that include Ken, Emily and Jessica. Linda Lopez has made Merced, California a better place to live, work and raise our families. I am very proud to call her a member of Team Cardoza and more proud to call her a part of my family. Her compassion, leadership and dedication will serve our community and its children for many years to come.

Mr. Speaker, thank you for the opportunity to recognize this fine individual for her work and tireless efforts.