Eloise Gómez Reyes was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2016 to represent California’s 47th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto, San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy.
Eloise, a proud daughter of immigrants, has been a champion for her community throughout her career.
Eloise’s commitment to civic engagement is a culmination built over years of experience which goes back to her humble upbringing as a young girl picking grapes and onions in the fields with her family.
Her determination, perseverance, and conviction to succeed has enabled her to be a voice for the voiceless and an asset for those requiring legal representation but are unable to afford it. Working alongside Legal Aid, she helped provide free legal services and represented the residents of the Inland Empire time and time again, giving dignity and providing proper representation to those in her community that needed it most. The lack of access to quality legal services in her community led her to become the first Latina to open her own law firm in the Inland Empire.
Among her accomplishments, Eloise succeeded in representing the residents of Colton in their effort to prevent the development of a hazardous waste dump in their community.
The lack of access to affordable health care led her to become a co-founder of the Inland Empire Community Health Center. She also served on the Dean’s Medical School Mission Committee for the University of California, Riverside.
Her passion for civic engagement inspired her to a new career in higher education. As an adjunct professor at Cal Poly Pomona she continued to make an impact in the lives of students.
For her excellence in the community work, she was a recipient of the Wiley Pro Bono Award from the California State Bar (1988–2015), and was recognized as Attorney of the Year from the Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association.
She also served on the Executive Board for the Children’s Spine Foundation, the Board of Directors for the Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association, the San Bernardino Valley College Foundation, and the National Orange Show.
Eloise graduated from Colton High School and received her A.A. from San Bernardino Valley College. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California, Eloise went on to earn her law degree from Loyola Law School.
Eloise and her husband Frank reside in Grand Terrace and have a son, Kristopher, who is a college student.