Born in the small farming community of Hanford, California, Nevada Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante-Adams (AD 42) is the second of five children born to poor, migrant farm working parents. She and her siblings began working with their parents at about the age of six and continued doing so all the way through high school. “We worked every day during the summer and on the weekends when school was in session,” she says. “It was hard work but it wasn’t burdensome. It’s just the life we knew.”
Sixteen years later at the age of 23 she arrived in Las Vegas, never dreaming it would be a permanent move nor having aspirations of political life. How then, did this woman go from working the farm fields in California to becoming one of Nevada’s most respected freshmen legislators?