Edward R. Roybal, the longtime California congressman who mentored a generation of Hispanic leaders, was mourned Monday by elected officials and hundreds of other people at his funeral. “We’re all here on the shoulders of this great man,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who credited Roybal for his success and that of other local leaders. Roybal died Oct. 25 at age 89. Mariachis serenaded a procession of mourners into the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Those paying their respects included House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Roybal, who also served more than a decade on the Los Angeles City Council, was elected to the House in 1962. He served on various committees, including foreign and veterans affairs. In 1967, he was credited with writing the first bilingual education bill to provide schools with assistance for special bilingual teaching programs. He was also a founding member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in 1976. In the 1980s, he served as chairman of the Select Committee on Aging, leading a campaign for the restoration of funding for programs for seniors. “He was there when others in Washington turned their backs on the seniors, the disadvantaged and the poor,” Pelosi said in her eulogy. In 1976, Los Angeles County opened the Edward R. Roybal Clinic in East Los Angeles. A downtown federal building is also named after him. Roybal chose not to run for re-election in 1992. That same year, his daughter Lucille Roybal-Allard was elected to Congress, where she represents part of her father’s old district. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!