Mayor Xóchitl Rodriguez was born in Saint Helena and was raised in Woodland. Growing up in Woodland Xóchitl attended Freeman Elementary, Lee Junior High, and Woodland High. Her parents and siblings live in Woodland and have been residents of the community since 1983.
Both her parents and extended family come from a background of farmworkers. Xóchitl currently lives in the fifth district with her husband Antonio Murillo. Both are a military couple serving in the US Army Reserves.
Outside of her Council duties, Xóchitl serves as a Principal Consultant to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, where she leads the outreach for prospective appointees to our state boards and commissions. Xóchitl owes her interest in public service to the work she accomplished as a field representative under the 53rd assembly district. Under this role she promoted civic engagement in the community of Boyle Heights, the cities of Huntington Park and Vernon, and other communities surrounding Downtown Los Angeles.
Much of her work involved policy meetings, event planning, community outreach and constituent casework services. She served as a liaison between constituents, government representatives and state agencies. Xóchitl began her tenure in the State Legislature in 2008, as an Intern in the Assembly Chief Clerk’s Office.
Xóchitl is a first generation college student and an Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Veteran. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Relations and Spanish from the University of California, Davis and a Master of Arts degree in Spanish from the California State University, Sacramento. She is bilingual, fluent in English and Spanish.
Xóchitl’s priorities include:
- The balanced growth and protection of downtown
- Civic engagement
- Fiscal responsibility
- Public safety