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Mar 21, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Josephine Orozco of Rodeo was recognized as Contra Costa County’s Woman of the Year by U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) at a ceremony held on March 20th. One woman from each of the five counties that make up the Fifth Congressional District was honored in recognition of Women’s History Month.

“For over twenty years, Josephine has devoted her time and talents to improve the lives of her neighbors in Rodeo and Contra Costa County,” said Thompson. “Through her involvement with numerous community organizations and events, she has worked to make sure the needs of everyone – from our students to our local business owners - are met. Josephine is an extraordinary individual and it’s my honor to recognize her as Contra Costa County’s Woman of the Year.”

Orozco has served on the Rodeo Municipal Advisory Council, where she advised the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on county services and other issues of importance to the community. She has also advised the Board on matters relating to local parks and recreation facilities with the R10 Citizen’s Advisory Committee. She is an active member of the Rodeo Christmas Tree Lighting Committee.

Orozco supports local youth by organizing events like the Rodeo Crab Feed and the Rodeo Chili Cook-Off & Car Show, which raise money to support local scholarship funds.

Together with her husband, Orozco owns and operates El Sol Mexican Restaurant in Rodeo. As a business owner, Orozco is a member and former President of the Rodeo Chamber of Commerce and has worked with our local business community to improve Downtown Rodeo. She also regularly donates food and refreshments to local charity events.

The other women recognized are:

  • Evelyn Cheatham, Sonoma County Woman of the Year
  • Maria Guevara, Solano County Woman of the Year
  • Linda Parks, Napa County Woman of the Year
  • Monica Rosenthal, Lake County Woman of the Year

Congressman Mike Thompson is proud to represent California’s 5th Congressional District, which includes all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties.  He is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Thompson is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and chairs the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Wine Caucus.

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