Growing Up

Mayor Louie A. Lujan, City of La Puente

Hard work, commitment, and respect were among the values that Louie’s parents passed on to him as he grew up.  He learned that no matter who you are or where you're from, if you worked hard and played by the rules, you could provide a good life for your family.

Louie’s father, Alex Lujan, is a veteran of the war in Viet Nam.  He spent his time in the U.S. Army as an infantryman and then returned to Los Angeles, California to raise a family. He taught Louie both a deep sense of patriotism and a strong belief in civic responsibility. He instilled in Louie, a sense of duty to American through public participation.  Coaching Louie through his years in little league baseball, he taught him the value of teamwork and sportsmanship.

Louie’s mother, Rachel, has spent her career in education.  She instilled in Louie, the value of an education and continually encouraged him to further his education beyond his bachelors degree.  Returning back to college when Louie was a teenager, was challenging.  however, it left a lasting impression on Louie in that she demonstrated to him that anything is possible when you put your heart and mind into it.  To this day, he credits his mother with proving to him that a college education was within reach. 

The life that Alex and Rachel Lujan created for Louie and his two siblings was one that was supported through love, sacrifice, and an unyielding commitment for a better future for their children.  Raising their Children in the San Gabriel Valley, they established homes for their children in Montebello, West Covina, and La Puente.  While politics was never a major part of their lives, they made sure to express the importance of volunteerism and participation in government to their children. 

Growing up, little league baseball was central to Louie's life. At times, he would play in multiple leagues while his parents supported him unconditionally.  His father and mother attended nearly everyone of his baseball games.  Many of the values needed in life, Louie learned on the baseball field.  How to be a good winner, a graceful  loser, and how to follow as well as give orders are among the many values learned on the baseball field and encouraged by his parents.  Louie has taken those lessons and applies them every chance he gets in serving the community.