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July 20, 2015

Contact: Sam Mahood

(916) 653-6575


Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Speak at Citizen Naturalization Ceremony in Fresno


Secretary of State Alex Padilla will deliver the keynote speech at a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ naturalization ceremony at the Fresno Convention Center on July 21. Approximately 800 new citizens are expected to take the Oath of Allegiance at this ceremony. 

Secretary Padilla's parents emigrated from Mexico and raised their family in the working class community of Pacoima, California.  His father worked as a short order cook and his mother cleaned houses.  Padilla attended local public schools and went on to graduate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. Padilla served as a California State Senator from 2006 to 2014, before being sworn in as Secretary of State on January 5, 2015. 

Media are welcome to cover this event, and to approach new citizens for interviews.


Secretary of State Alex Padilla


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

10:00 a.m.


Fresno Convention Center

700 “M” Street

Valdez Hall

Fresno, CA 93721


Secretary Padilla: Sam Mahood (916) 653-6575

USCIS: Sharon Rummery, (415) 987-0191