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About Council Member Virginia Marquez
Dear Neighbor, here you will find all the latest information pertaining to the First Ward.
Virginia Marquez was elected as the First Ward City
Councilwoman in November 2009. She was sworn into office on March 1, 2010.
Councilwoman Marquez was re-elected to a second term in November of 2013.
Ms. Marquez was born and raised on the Westside of San Bernardino. She
is the daughter of a Santa Fe Railroad Worker. Virginia Marquez attended Our
Lady of Guadalupe Elementary School, Aquinas High School, and graduated from
Pacific High School. In 1979, Ms. Marquez graduated from California State
University, San Bernardino, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in
Sociology. She continues to reside on the Westside of San Bernardino, with her
mother, Maria Marquez, who is 94 years young, and their Poodle, Dora.
Councilwoman Marquez began her law enforcement career in 1981, with the
California Youth Authority, and subsequently transferring to the California
Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where she held numerous
positions. These assignments included 3 State Prisons and 8 Parole Units
throughout the State.
In 2009, Ms. Marquez retired as a Parole Agent
II-Specialist. Her last assignment took her to San Diego, where she worked with
women who were in treatment and recovery.
During her tenure as an
elected official, Councilwoman Marquez has been assigned to numerous Committees,
which have included the following: SB Hometown Military Ad Hoc Committee, Animal
Control Ad Hoc Committee, Education Bridge Committee Ad Hoc, and the Legislative
One of Councilwoman Marquez' signature projects has
included the San Bernardino Homelessness Action Plan, which she co-authored, as
Mayor Pro Tempore, in 2014.
And because of her work with the City's
Homeless Population, she was recognized as "2016 Woman of the Year," by
Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, 47th Assembly District.
terrorist attack on December 2, 2015, Councilwoman Marquez and City staff were
instrumental in coordinating efforts to activate a staging area at the Rudy
Hernandez Community Center to help the families of the victims. Through her
leadership, sensitivity, and strong faith, Councilwoman Marquez helped her City,
San Bernardino, to move forward during the difficult days that followed.
Councilwoman Marquez is a member of the following professional
organizations: California Correctional Peace Officers Association, Women's Club
of San Bernardino, League of Women Voters, San Bernardino Chapter, Women's
Leadership Council and Native Sons of the Golden West. Councilwoman Marquez is
a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.