February 19, 1948
Grijalva is presently the Co-Chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. His father was a migrant worker from Mexico who immigrated to the United States under the Bracero program. While studying at the University, Grijalva was the leader of the Chicano Liberation Committee and an active member of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA), a radical organization that embraces the separatist “Aztlan” ideology.
Grijalva was elected to the Tucson Unified School District board in 1974 and served until 1986. From 1989 to 2002, Grijalva served as a member of the Pima County Board of Supervisors and also served as chairman from 2000 to 2002.
According to the website Wikipedia, “in 2008 [he] was among 12 members rated by National Journal as tied for most liberal overall. On the ideological map of all House members at GovTrack’s website, Grijalva is ranked farthest to the left. Liberal and progressive activist groups routinely give him high marks for his voting record. Grijalva received a 100 percent score from Americans for Democratic Action, Peace Action, the League of Conservation Voters, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Arab American Institute, and several other notable groups in recent years. With the start of the 114th Congress, Grijalva became the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Natural Resources.”
Grijalva is also a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the LGBT Equality Caucus, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and he is probably best known for his opposition to the Iraq War and his support for Amnesty.
Inclusion on this list is not based on the opinion of the authors or, in effect, the subjective opinions of any third party. Inclusion on this list is based upon present or past membership in the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), a caucus within Congress that has long-standing and deep ties and, in the opinion of a number of political scholars, was an arm of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) at the time of its inception. According to David Horowitz’s FrontPageMag.com website: “Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) are undoubtedly socialists, though most shy away from the label. The CPC has long had ties to the far-left Institute for Policy Studies, Democratic Socialists of America (the largest Marxist group in the country), and the Communist Party USA.” Additionally, a number of authoritative articles have been written on the historical connection between the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the DSA and we encourage the reader to do independent research if the topic is of further interest.