Xylene Rodriguez is a first generation Mexican American from Greeley, Colorado. She was raised by a single mother and is the oldest daughter. She began her journey into the world of politics through a program called Lambda Hill days put on by her sorority, where sisters had the opportunity to go to Washington D.C to advocate on issues affecting their community. After this program, she fell in love with the Hill and all the possibilities it had. Shortly after, she interned at her state capitol with the Colorado Latino Leadership Advocacy and Research Organization, where she learned about the inner workings of state legislature and continued to fall in love with the process of legislation. She knew from her first trip to Washington D.C, that she wanted to go to Washington D.C and be a part of something bigger than herself. She applied for the College to Congress program and was accepted to their Spring 2022 cohort. She was so excited yet nervous to leave her family and home. When she interned with Senator Michael Bennet’s office, she had the opportunity to work on the judiciary portfolio. When her internship was coming to an end, she knew her journey here in Washington D.C and on Capitol Hill was not complete, she was determined to stay. She is excited to continue her time in Washington DC in her current role as a Staff Assistant/Legislative Correspondent.