LOS ANGELES (AP) — Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard says she will accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom on behalf of her father, the late Rep. Edward Roybal, at a White House ceremony later this month.

Her reaction comes after President Barack Obama announced the 19 Americans tapped to receive the award on Nov. 24.

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The medal is the highest honor granted to American civilians and honors their contributions to U.S. security, world peace and cultural achievement.

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Roybal represented portions of Los Angeles during his 30 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and founded the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Rep. Roybal-Allard says her father “blazed a trail for generations of Latino politicians and activists.”

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She’s the first Mexican-American woman elected to Congress and represents several suburban communities of Los Angeles.

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