Omar Padilla is a first generation Latin-American. He is the son of working class immigrant parents. Omar was the first person in his family to go to college. His work experience has allowed him the opportunity to travel extensively around Iowa and gain a first-hand understanding of the most pressing needs for the Latino community. Omar’s introduction to politics came as a member of Senator Tom Harkin’s staff, and later as the 3rd Vice Chair for the Iowa Democratic Party. Omar believes that for Latinos, becoming involved in politics is no longer an option; it is a responsibility. As a result of this reality Omar agreed to partner with Rob Barron to create the Latino Political Network.