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Inventory of the Nicole Parra Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Accruals
  • Related Material at the California State Archives
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Nicole Parra Papers
    Dates: 1998-2008
    Collection number: LP485
    Creator: Nicole Parra, California Legislator
    Collection Size: 7.75 cubic feet
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: Nicole Parra, a Democrat, served as a State Assembly Member from 2003 to 2008. The Nicole Parra papers consist of eleven record series: Assembly Bill Files, 2003-2008, Subject Files, 2001-2008, Hearing Files, 2005-2007, Correspondence, 2003-2008, Weekly Reports, 2006-2008, Resolutions, 2004-2006, Press Files, 2002-2006, Transportation Committee Working Papers, 2003-2004, Office Administrative Files, 2005-2007, Photographs, 2001-2006, and Artifacts.
    Physical location: California State Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.

    Publication Rights

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Nicole Parra papers, LP485:[folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

    Acquisition and Custodial History

    California State Archives acquired the Nicole Parra papers, in a series of five transfers, beginning in 2007 (Accession Numbers: 2007-080, 2008-072, 2008-143, 2009-031, and 2016-128).

    Biography

    Nicole Parra, a Democrat, served as a State Assembly Member from 2003 to 2008. She represented the 30th District, which included the cities of Alpaugh, Bakersfield, Coalinga, Corcoran, Delano, Hanford, Kingsburg, Lemoore, Shafter, and Wasco within Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Tulare counties.
    Parra was born on February 3rd, 1970, in Bakersfield, California. She attended University of California, Berkeley and received a bachelor's degree in economics in 1992. She then attended Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law in Washington D.C. and received her J.D. in 1998.
    Prior to her service in the Assembly, Parra worked as a legislative assistant for Congressman Cal Dooley, and later became his district director from 1998 until her run for a seat in the State Assembly in 2002.
    Nicole Parra was elected to the State Assembly in 2002. She served until reaching her term limit in 2008. During her time in the State Assembly she focused on stimulating the Central Valley’s agricultural economy. In 2009, Parra accepted an appointment from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as Director of the Governor's Regional Development Initiatives under the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency; she resigned from the appointment later that year. Since leaving the State Assembly, she has taught political science at California State University, Bakersfield and served as Executive Vice President for Public Affairs at Global Regenesis, an environmentally conscience community development corporation.

    Chronology

    1970 Born in Bakersfield
    2002 Elected to California State Assembly
    2003 Began term in the State Assembly representing the 30th District
    2003-2004 Chair of Standing Committee on Veteran Affairs
    2003-2004 Chair of Select Committee on Megan’s Law and Sex Offender Registration
    2003-2004 Chair of Select Committee on National Defense, Technology, and Jobs
    2005-2006 Chair of Select Committee on Water, Infrastructure, and the Economy
    2005-2006 Chair of Joint Legislative Audit Committee
    2007-2008 Chair of Standing Committee on Agriculture
    2007-2008 Chair of Moderate Democratic Caucus
    2008 Ended service in the State Assembly

    Scope and Content

    The Nicole Parra papers consist of eleven record series: Assembly Bill Files, 2003-2008, Subject Files, 2001-2008, Hearing Files, 2005-2007, Correspondence, 2003-2008, Weekly Reports, 2006-2008, Resolutions, 2004-2006, Press Files, 2002-2006, Transportation Committee Working Papers, 2003-2004, Office Administrative Files, 2005-2007, Photographs, 2001-2006, and Artifacts. The records document her legislative activity during her term as a member of the California State Legislature. The bills introduced by Parra include a wide array of subjects, with a focus on agriculture, economic development, health care, national defense, public safety, and veterans' affairs. Parra was particularly concerned with Megan’s Law, authoring multiple bills that expanded the parameters of Megan’s Law to make information on sex offenders more accessible. Parra was also active in authoring bills to support veterans and family members of veterans.
    Two accessions included the working files of Nicole Parra’s office administration. Parra’s legislative director Tom Higgins’ papers have been interfiled into Parra’s bill files and hearing files; his correspondence have been filed under the Office Administrative Files series. Her legislative aide John Vigna’s papers have also been interfiled into Parra’s bill files and hearing files.

    Accruals

    No further accruals are expected.

    Related Material at the California State Archives

    Assembly Agriculture Committee records
    Assembly Transportation records
    Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee records
    Dean Florez papers

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Parra, Nicole
    Agriculture - California
    Economic development
    Public safety
    Veterans - California