Villaraigosa, Antonio

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Antonio Villaraigosa (vē´yärīgō´sä), 1953–, American politician, b. Los Angeles as Antonio Villar; he changed his name in 1987 when he married Corina Raigosa. A liberal Democrat and labor lawyer, he was elected to the California state assembly in 1994, becoming majority leader in 1996 and assembly speaker in 1998. In 2001 he was a candidate for mayor of Los Angeles but lost to James Hahn. He won a Los Angeles city council seat in 2003, and two years later he defeated Hahn to become the city's first Hispanic mayor since 1872. He served two terms as mayor.