She was elected in November 2007. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California and, while in college, was selected from a competitive pool of candidates to intern with the Office of the Speaker of the California State Assembly and the National Organization for Women Legal Defense and Education Fund (NOWLDEF) in Washington, D.C. She served as a field deputy to State Senator Gloria Romero in 2001 and was appointed to the Baldwin Park planning commission in 2002, serving as chair and co-chair.
A recall petition against her was filed in 2008, accusing her of failing to keep campaign promises, having ties to developers who work in the city, and unproven residency in Baldwin Park. As of 2010 she was still a member of the city council.
In July 2009, she announced that she would run for the California State Assembly in the 2010 election. By the end of 2009, she had collected more than $100,000 in campaign contributions.